Life in this world is short-lived and temporary, so do as much good as you can while you still have time

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Abdullah bin Umar (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) took hold of my shoulders and said, “Be in the world like a stranger or a wayfarer.”

Ibn `Umar (RA) used to say: “When you survive till the evening, do not expect to live until the morning; and when you survive until the morning, do not expect to live until the evening; (do good deeds) when you are in good health before you fall sick, and (do good deeds) as long as you are alive before death strikes.”  [Sahih Bukhari]

Variant hadith:

Mujahid narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said:
“The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) grabbed me on part of my body and said: ‘Be in the world like a stranger or a passer-by, and count yourself among the inhabitants of the grave.'” Ibn ‘Umar said to me: “When you wake up in the morning, then do not concern yourself with the evening. And when you reach the evening, then do not concern yourself with the morning. Take from your health before your illness, and from your life before your death, for indeed O slave of Allah! You do not know what your description shall be tomorrow.”  [Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 2333, Sahih]

Commentary:

A person who will consider this world as a temporary stage, will certainly not like that his clothes be entangled in thorny bushes of this world. The greatest fault of man is that he does not understand this status of the world. In spite of the fact that he is not sure of a moment’s life here, he occupies himself in amassing goods and riches which would last for a hundred years.

[Riyad as-Saliheen, Book of Miscellany, Chapter 55, Hadith 471]

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