"It′s important for a person to know that nobility of the era he is
living in and the value of time. A Muslim should not waste his time in
things that do not bring him closer to Allah, putting that which is very
important ahead of that which is important, whether it be in the things
he says or does. A Muslim should always keep a good intention kindled,
always desiring to do good, without any laziness. I recall a group of
scholars from the past that used to capture every moment. It was said
that a man asked Aamir ibn Qays to speak with him. He told him, “Capture
And Thabit al-Bunaanee said, “When my father was in his death pangs,
I went to assist him in pronouncing the Shahaadah. He told me, ′Son!
Leave me alone, for I have recited all my supplications 5 times and I′m
on my sixth cycle now.′”
And once some members of the community entered upon a scholar whilst he
was in his final breaths. He was praying and they asked him why he was
pushing himself so much. He said, “My scrolls shall be rolled up in a
Thus if a person knows that death is going to sever his actions, he
should work hard in his life doing things which will continue to reap
reward for him after his death. So, if he has a farm, for example, he
should plant a tree or flow a river to bring water to others and work
hard on raising children who shall remember Allah. Then all that reward
shall be his after death.
Or, he should write a book about Islam (if he is capable of doing that),
for indeed a book is a scholar′s immortal child. And he should perform
good works - knowledgeable of what it is he is doing - so that people
will pass down and imitate his good work.
This is the Muslim that has not died! People have died but with humanity
they remain alive.