“Who is better in speech than one who calls humankind to God, works righteousness and says, “Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to God”?
The Noble Quran, 41:33
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "The mo'min dies with his sweat on his brow (i.e. with labour and hard work)." [Tirmidhi, Nasai]
A mo'min's work is never done. If a conscientious student is sitting for a three hour exam and gets done in two and a half hours, he/she will go over their work making sure that they did not miss anything or make any mistakes. Moreover, if an exam has been designed for three hours, it is meant to take around three hours to finish.
Our lifespan should likewise be fully utilized to make sure we have not left anything undone that we could have earned Jannat with. This is the only chance we get; there will be no exams after this, only results. Therefore, we have to give this one exam our best shot.
If somebody is sitting around with nothing to do, it means that they have not understood the purpose of life, what Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) gave it to us for! There is no time to waste, no moment to lose. As long as we are alive we can keep earning sawaab. A mo'min, therefore, keeps working to please Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) before death overtakes him, and his exam paper is taken away from him.
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