During hardship, the believer is commanded with patience and acceptance, and when [having committed] sins, to seek forgiveness and repentance.
And the severity [of the trial] will come to an end, so do not prolong the calamity [by being impatient].
Patience whilst upon obedience [to Allaah] is [the attainment of] a higher rank than patience whilst enduring trials and tribulations!
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.
As a father, it is not your job to remove the thorns from the path of your child – out of fear they may scratch.