“It is a grave mistake for a person to gain knowledge, and not increase in worship. Ibn Kathir (rh) said, ‘I do not know of anybody in this day and age who would worship Allah more than Ibn al-Qayyim. For this reason, his knowledge remained.
Shaykhul Islam ibn Tayymiyah (rh) would sit after Fajr doing dhikr until the sun had risen high, approximately four hours.
Every student who wants his name (legacy) to remain after his demise, should worship Allah. Through your attachment and worship of Allah, He will bless your knowledge after your death accordingly. Otherwise, your knowledge will end in the grave.”
The hypocrites built a masaajid in the time of the Prophet (saw), yet they were exposed. Don’t be someone who lives one life at home with music, movies, bad language, a gangster type attitude and other sins, yet in front of the people in public shows a pious face. Allah will expose such a person and these sins will slip out.
The righteous of the past have said to never meet anyone, except believing that they are better than you. If they are a sinner, then maybe they will repent and have some good in secret which you don’t know about. If they are ignorant, then maybe Allah will excuse them due to them not knowing.
In this way, a person truly humbles themselves.
Imam Nawawi (rh) mentions hastening to do good deeds.
Scholars mention that a person should hasten to do good deeds whilst the opportunity is there, as they mention the opportunity may be taken away and may not return again.
Remember, if one person acts upon the good you call them to or a project you are involved in, inshaa’Allah you have a world of good to look forward to in the next life!
Many think that reciting the Qur’an is just during the day when fasting, however the Prophet (saw) would meet Jibreel (as) in the night. So, try to read some Qur’an at night too.
Also, remember that if you can, even if it’s only 5 minutes, pray more after tarawih prayer. A person may pray tarawih, go home and miss out on the blessed last third of the night.
Finally, do some istighfar in the time just before Fajr as this was the practice of the Sahaaba and the righteous of the past.
One of the righteous would stay up at night and say, yaa Allah, my concern for You has annihilated all other mundane concerns.
Some have said, he who does good during the day gets rewarded during the night and he who does good during the night gets rewarded during the day.
It is also said that the noblest of all deeds is to oppose one’s desires at all times.
عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّكَ لَنْ تَدَعَ شَيْئًا لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَّا بَدَّلَكَ اللَّهُ بِهِ مَا هُوَ خَيْرٌ لَكَ مِنْهُ
Abu Qatadah (ra) reported: The Prophet (saw), said, “Verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah the Exalted except that Allah will replace it with something better.”
Grade: Sahih (authentic)