Ibn al-Jawzi (rh) said:
“When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So, if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”
Ibn Taymiyyah (rh) said:
“The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”
Hasan al-Basri said:
“Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So, take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”
Sheikh Ibn Jibreen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Praying qiyaam in Ramadan is attained by praying part of the night, such as half of it or one third of it, whether that is by praying eleven rak‘ahs or twenty-three. Qiyaam is attained by praying behind the neighbourhood imam until he finishes, even if he finishes within one hour.
Imam Ahmad (rh) used to pray with the Imam and not leave until he finished, acting in accordance with the Hadith. And whoever wants to attain this reward must pray with the imam until he finishes Witr, whether he prays a little or a lot, and whether the time taken is long or short.
Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Jibreen.
If you want to see how much someone loves Allah, then look at the status he has given to Allah in his life.
Meaning, someone says with his tongue that he loves Allah, but he knows nothing about the religion, he does haraam, makes no effort to learn, doesn’t pray or rushes through it. These aren’t the signs of loving someone.
One of the people of the past mentioned, I don’t eat or sleep unless I’m extremely hungry or have been overcome with sleep. My desires are fulfilled by learning, revising and gaining benefits from wherever possible.
This same Imam became an Imam at the age of 20! Yet at the age of 50, he was still studying with mashaayikh!
The ulema mention that a person should spend their day between revision, memorisation, reading, and depending on his level, research and this is with his ibaadah and so on.
In our times, we sleep 8 hours a night, eat 3-6 meals a day, drink 2 litres of water. This is in addition to work and whatever else a person does!
Where is the time for Allah and knowledge!
Just because we are praying and doing good today doesn’t mean we will be praying and doing good in the future. For example, those that were doing da’wah 10 years ago, few have survived. People that were once practicing, now no longer practice or no longer seek ilm (knowledge).
Especially those that aren’t married and aren’t working full time, these things will eat into a person’s life so they need to always be sharp and make the most of their time. They need to realise that life isn’t always the same and to be prepared for challenges.
A student entered a sheikhs house and noticed something was broken and told the sheikh. The sheikh said I’ve not noticed that for thirty years!
This is known as fudool.
It means being excessive in things; in what you eat, drink, sleep, speech and so on. It’s not necessarily haraam rather it could be talking too much with permissible things for example.
Ibn al Qayyim (rh) mentioned this is a reason a person would enter the Hellfire! As they are being busied with this fudool rather than the things which are important.
You count the amount of hours from the start of Maghrib to the start of Fajr and divide by 3. Whatever the answer, for example 4 hours, means 4 hours before the start of Fajr is the last third of the night.
This will vary throughout the year / seasons so calculate accordingly.