Meaning of duniya and akhera.

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Could you please clarify what is mean "Duniaya" and what is mean of "Aqirah"


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Meaning of duniya and akhera

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 29 Surah Ankabut verse 64:

64      What is the life of this ‘duniya’ (world) but amusement and play? But verily the Home in the ‘Aakhirah’ (Hereafter) that is life indeed, if they but knew.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 40 Surah Mumin verse 39:

39      This life of the ‘duniya’ is nothing but (temporary) convenience: it is the ‘Aakhirah’ that is the Home that will last.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 200-202:

200    ….. here are men who say: "O Our Lord! Give us (Thy bounties) in this ‘duniya’!; but they will have no portion in the ‘Aakhirah’.

201    And there are men who say: "O Our Lord! Give us good in this ‘duniya’ and good in the ‘Aakhirah’, and defend us from the torment on the Fire!"

202    To these will be allotted what they have earned, and Allah is quick in account.

 

The term ‘Duniya’ is derived from the Arabic root word ‘Daani’, which literally something which is low, lowly, insignificant, something of inferior value, or worthless, etc.  When used in the Islamic context, the word and term ‘Duniya’ signifies the place, time and/or life of this short and transitory world.

 

The term ‘Akhirah’ is derived from the Arabic root word ‘Akhr’ which literally mean something which will transpire next or later; and when used in the Islamic context it signifies the everlasting and eternal place, time and/or life of the Hereafter, or the inevitable life after death.

 

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