Verily! We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it,
in order that We may test them (mankind) as to which of them
are best in deeds.
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Allah s.w.t. has made this earth, adorned with beauty, as a temporary home. And He s.w.t. has made it a place of trial, not a place of permanent settlement. Rasulallah ﷺ has reminded us to be in this world like a traveler or a stranger. There are many ahadith encouraging us not to be attached to this world because our real focus should be on the Hereafter.
There is another very important point to highlight here. Note that in this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. mentions “the best deeds” not “the most deeds”. The crucial factor of any deed is its quality/sincerity/ihsan (and adherence to the Islamic laws), not quantity. For example, making dhikr with concentration and reflection is definitely better than making hundreds of dhikr absent-mindedly.
We need to become a Muhsin in every good deed that we do.
Remember: Quality over Quantity!
References: Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Dr Bilal Philips’ lecture