`Alqamah reported from `Abdullah that he said: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) slept on a reed mat. Then, he got up and its marks were impressed on his body. We said: "O Messenger of Allah, if we could fetch for you a bed!" He said: "What shall I do with the world? I am not in this world but like a rider who shades himself under a tree only to move onward and leave it." (1)
The meaning of the Hadith:
Al Qary said: The meaning of the Hadith is: I am not in harmony with the world and the world is not in harmony with me. So, I have no desire in the world so as to be keen to get its pleasures. Or the meaning is: What are the things which attract me to the world? I have no desire in them because I am seeking the Hereafter. (2)
The similarity is the quickness of leaving and the short time of staying.
Benefits gained from the Hadith:
1- The courtesy of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his asceticism in the world and its pleasures.
2- The meanness of the world and how quick a person leaves it even if he lives long.
3- A Muslim should follow the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) by not paying much attention to the world and be keen to gain the reward of the Hereafter because it is the final destination.
(1) Jami` At-Tirmidhy, No. (2377) and Ibn Majah No. (4109), and was graded as authentic by Al Albany, see: Al Jami` As-Saghir waziyadatuh, 1\1061, No. (10605) and Sahih Al Jami` No. (5668).
(2) Tuhfat Al Ahwazy of Al Mubarakfury 7\40-41.