” How excellent are the people who have abandoned sweet dreams, withdrawing from that for which they erected their feet for. Standing up to fatigue themselves in the dark, seeking a portion of their blessing. When the night comes they stay up, and when the day arrives they derive lessons from it. When they look at their faults, they seek forgiveness, and when they think about their sins they cry and feel dejected. O dwellings of the beloved, where are your inhabitants? O places of sincerity, where are your residents? O spots of the pious, where are your people? O places of nightly prayers, where are your visitors? I have, by Allaah, traveled around and found these people extinct. Those who used to stay awake at night have gone away and the lovers of sleep are left. These times have sought eating of lust to replace fasting.”
Ya Allaah, make me of those who give up the comfort of my dwelling to rise up in the middle of the night and seek Your blessings. Ya Allaah, make me of those who cry out in the last third of the night seeking Your forgiveness and asking for Your mercy. (ameen)
” I was given an extremely high ambition. I grew up and never achieved what I hoped for. I began asking Allaah for a long life, strong body and the achievement of my goals. The customs and habits of people renounced what I was doing and said: “No custom exists in what you seek.” I replied: “I only ask from the One who is able to go beyond customs.”
Take heed, my son, for your own benefit and regret your previous shortcomings. Work hard to attain the company of those who have achieved perfection while you still have time. Water your tree while there is still some moisture left in it, and remember the time you have wasted for that indeed is a sufficient reminder. As time passes, the delight of laziness has vanished and the levels of virtuous deeds have been missed. Indeed, our pious predecessors loved to enact every virtue and would cry out of missing just one.
Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allaah bestow His mercy upon him said: “We once went to visit a worshiper who was sick and found him crying looking at his feet. We asked, “why are you crying? to which he replied, ‘they did not become dirty in the path of Allaah.’ Another person cried, and they asked: ‘Why are you crying? He answered: ‘Due to a day that passed without me fasting it and a night that passed without me standing it.”
Ibn Al Jawzi