Surah Al-Kahf, Verse 46:
الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا
Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds (five compulsory prayers, deeds of Allah’s obedience, good and nice talk, remembrance of Allah with glorification, praises and thanks, etc.), that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.
Indeed in this ayah is a deep reminder. We as humans expand so much energy as well as time in searching & gaining wealth & take so much pride in our children. But these things don’t last. We will have to leave our wealth someday or it will end before we leave. Likewise our children, we will be separated from them, today, tomorrow or someday.
It is only wise then to channel more of our energy & time into those things that will last; our good deeds. Our prayer, fasting, relationships with the creation, obedience of Allah, though they might seem like nothing big & sometimes hard. The prophet (saw) once said: to pray (just) the 2 raka’ats before fajr is better than the world and all that is within it. [Nawawi, sharh muslim]
“Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, so worship Him (Alone) and be constant and patient in His worship. Do you know of any who is similar to Him?” (19:65)
We implore Allah to gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ & make of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart & in mind, ameen.