Be cautious of the scholars of evil, just as you are cautious of Iblees.
Before [the advent of] electricity, he would go out every moonlit night to read. And in winter, he would go out and sit between two steel barrels for protection against the cold!
Most of what Shaykh Ja’far al-‘Atamee read [in the seeking] of knowledge was by way of the moonlight, because oil was scarce at the time.
That is because if there was any good in it, then they would have preceded us in it, since they did not leave any good practice except that they hastened to it.
Not to engage in ijtihaad (qualified independent reasoning) when required is [considered] at the [same] level of engaging in ijtihaad (qualified independent reasoning) when not required.