Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) recited this verses, ‘That person whom Allah intends to guide, Allah grants him satisfactions of the heart for Islam.’ Then Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘When Noor (light) enters the heart, it (the heart) open up.’ Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was asked, ‘Is there any sign (of the heart opening up) that can be recognized.’ He said, ‘Yes, distancing oneself from the house of deception (world) and turning towards the permanent house (hereafter) and preparation for death before it decends.’ (Mishkaat pg.446; Qadeemi)
Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) narrates that, ‘We had a curtain with pictures of birds on it. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Oh Aaisha! Remove this, for verily, whenever I see it, it reminds me of the world.’ (Mishkaat pg.445; Qadeemi)
The above referred curtain was used before the prohibition of animate pictures. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was so close to Allah and distanced from the pomp and glory of this world, yet, he exercised so much of precaution in not being attracted to this materialistic world. Consider our situation, so far from Allah Ta’ala and so enslaved to this materialistic world!