Ad-Dahhak ibn Sufyan Al Kilaby (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said to him: “O Dahhak, what do you (usually) eat? He said: O Messenger of Allah, meat and milk. He said: Then it turns into what? He said: To what you know. He said: Allah (Exalted be He) gave an example with what comes from the son of Adam (excretion) for the world.” (1)
The example that was mentioned in the Hadith:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave an example for the world with what comes out from the son of Adam which denotes the meanness of the world and a proof that it is worthless and has no value in the sight of Allah (Glory be to Him). Allah (May He be Exalted) says: "And this life of the world is only amusement and play! Verily, the home of the Hereafter — that is the life indeed (i.e. the eternal life that will never end), if they but knew." [Surat Al Qasas: 64]. Allah (Exalted be He) says: "And the life of this world is nothing but play and amusement. But far better is the house in the Hereafter for those who are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious). Will you not then understand?" [Surat Al An`am: 32]. Therefore, a disbeliever is given as a believer and sometimes more as was denoted in Allah's Saying: "Let not the free disposal (and affluence) of the disbelievers throughout the land deceive you. * A brief enjoyment; then, their ultimate abode is Hell; and worst indeed is that place for rest." [Surat Al `Imran: 197]. Allah (Exalted be He) says: "Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children. (It is) as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tillers; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers — evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allâh and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers — good-doers). And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment." [Surat Al Hadid: 20]. From the treasures of the Sunnah is the Hadith that was reported by Sahl ibn Sa`d that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "Were this world worth a wing of mosquito, He would not have given a drink of water to an infidel.'' (2)
Another narration reported by Al Mustawrad ibn Shaddad who said: "I was with the people who stood with the Messenger of Allah at the dead lamb. Thereupon, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Do you think that lamb was cheap for its people to throw it like this? They said: Because it is so cheap, they throw it, O Messenger of Allah. He said: The world is more trivial at the sight of Allah than this (lamb) to its people.” (3)
(1) Musnad (Hadith compilation of) Imam Ahmad, 25/ 24-25, No. (15747). Al Albany said: (authentic by virtue of another Hadith). See: Sahih At-Targhib wa At-Tarhib, 2/ 247, No. (2151).
(2) Jami` At-Tirmidhy, No. (2320) Al Albany graded it as authentic. See: As-Silsilah As-Sahihah, 2/ 299, No. (686).
(3) Jami` At-Tirmidhy, No. (2321) and said: A good Hadith.