I am not aware that my father ever missed the night prayer.
Never did I see him pray, except that I would think he was ill.
I saw Muslim ibn Yasaar pray as if he was a [motionless] pole; He would not lean on one leg a moment, nor the other a moment, and nor would his clothing move.
Sa’eed ibn Jubayr would weep [whilst standing in prayer] at night until his eyes became bleary and he was unable to see clearly.
I saw Yazeed ibn Zuray’ in a dream; So I said to him what did Allaah do with you? He replied: He entered me into Paradise. I said to him: With what (meaning, what did you do to earn that)? He said: For [exerting myself in] much prayer.
al-Hasan ibn Saalih, his brother and their mother used to divide the night into three parts, each would stand their third in prayer. So when their mother died, they divided the night in two parts, and when [his brother] ‘Alee died, Hasan stood the entire night in prayer.
‘Anas (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) used to pray until his feet swelled with blood, as a result of elongating his prayer, standing [in prayer] at night.
Safwaan ibn Saleem used to stand in prayer on the roof on a cold night so that he is not overcome by sleep.
For fifty years, I never [once] missed the initial takbeer [upon beginning the congregational prayer], and nor have I seen the back of a man in the [congregational] prayer [since].
In this world, nothing more desirable has remained than prayer in congregation, and [subsequently] meeting the brothers.