Islamic concepts

Dunyā — this world; the material world; mundane, secular


The Dunyā is this world, as opposed to the afterlife. It comes from the Arabic root D-N-W, used for things that are near or close by.

The Dunyā is the lower, finite world we live in (our bodies live in?) with our earthy concerns and possessions.

Properties of the Dunyā

  • It is temporary and transient.

natural world, secular world, wordly existence

earthly things or concerns, temporal things or possessions

ḥayat al-dunyā: worldly life, earthly life, life of/in this world

This World; the material world, the world of our physical senses, earthly/worldly life, earthly matters

earthly plane, physical realm

  • And they say, "There is not but our worldly life; we die and live, and nothing destroys us except time." And they have of that no knowledge; they are only assuming. 45:24
  • And this worldly life is not but diversion and amusement. And indeed, the home of the Hereafter - that is the [eternal] life, if only they knew. 29:64

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