The eminent scholar Abdurrazaaq bn AbdilMuhsin Albadr says:
One aged man came to me after one of our classes and asked:
I didn’t memorize ( Chapters of the Quraan) other than Suuratul Faatiha and Qul Uwa Allaahu Ahad and I stand up to pray for two hours in the mid-night….
Then he started crying and said : I didn’t memorize other than these two, Oh Shaykh, would it be right for me to keep repeating these verses ( for the 2 hours)
The Shaykh made the following comment on this occurrence:
Compare this man’s level of knowledge with his worship in contrast to someone who has memorized the entire Quraan and yet skips Solaatul Fajr.
When I came upon this, I remembered this report from Al-Imaam ibnu Jareer:
Al-Imaam Al-Hasan was asked by Abuu Rajaa Muhammad saying:
Oh Abuu Saeed, what is your opinion concerning the person who can reel off the entire Quraan from his mind but doesn’t not stand up in prayer ( vigil) with it except the .
He responded saying:
Such a person is making a pillow with the Quraan ( in his head). May Allaah’s wrath be on such a person…
The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم was asked about the person who sleeps till dawn break and he said: That is none but he who Shaytaan peed in his ears.
May Allaah make this act of worship easy for all of us.