AL-BAQARAH (The Cow) - 30

 …Strive, then, to excel each other in good deeds. Wherever you are, Allah will bring you all together. Allah is certainly powerful over everything. (2:148) 

 

The expression "strive to excel" indicates that one should hasten to perform a good deed (whether it be Salah (prayers), Sawm (fasting), the Hajj (pilgrimage) or Zakah (giving of alms), etc.) as soon as one gets the opportunity to do so. It has been said that the thought of a performing a good deed is like a guest. If you honour that guest by acting immediately on that thought, it will keep coming again and again. But if you do not honour that and just ignore it, it may stop coming altogether.

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