Definition of "Al-mata"
It has a number of usages all of which are relevant to Islamic economics: enjoyment, object of delight, necessities of life, property, merchandise, household effects. The Qur’an refers to worldly possessions that are available for a very short span of time as compared to the pleasures of the hereafter, which are everlasting. The Qur’an uses al-mata’ to denote insignificance of this world as compared to the life after death. (Qur’an 3: 14, 3: 185, 3: 197, 4: 77, 16: 117).