A muslim ruler named Mahdi once had a magnificent palace built. He then said,
"No one will be prevented from looking at it because whoever comes will either be a friend or an enemy. If he is a friend, then he will be pleased and we want our friends to be pleased. If he is an enemy, his heart will burn and he will be saddened and every person wants this for his enemy. Furthermore, he may look for and point out some fault, which we will be able to correct."
Just then, a pious man said,
"The palace has two major faults (which you cannot correct). One is that you will never live in it forever and the other is that it will never last forever."
The ruler was so affected by this remark that he immediately gave the palace over over to be used for poor people.
We learn that we must never be too impressed by homes and buildings because they will all come to an end one day. We must also never forget Allaah when enjoying these things.
When we do not have something, we must never nag our parents to have it because we must remember that it all comes to an end. We should rather be grateful for what we have and use it to please Allaah.