Dr Habibullah Mukhtar Shahid (rahimahullah) writes:
Despite weakness, old age and severe knee pains, (Moulana Yusuf – rahimahullah) would exert himself so much that even the young used to envy him. Be it whilst on journey or at home, during illness or when enjoying health, every day two hours before Fajr Moulana would present himself before Allah Ta’ala.
This time would be spent wailing and crying for din and the ummah and in reciting the noble Quran in a melodious tone with deep feelings. No matter how sick Moulana was, it was impossible that Moulana would miss his Tahajjud prayer or pray any less than his usual or even let any difference come in his communion with Allah Ta’ala.
I have fond memories of how Moulana used to go to Masjidun Nabawi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) before the time of Fajr could even set in, offer Salam to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) with utmost respect and honour and then engage in worship and recitation of the noble Quran in Riyadhul Jannah.
(Khususi Number, Pg. 68)
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the tawfiq (ability) to follow in the footsteps of our seniors in all matters. Amin