A pupil of Ali (RA) says:
"Once Ali (RA) led people in Fajr Salaat. At the end
he turned his face to the right and sat there facing the people till sunrise.
He looked cast down. At last, he turned the palms of his hands up as a gesture
of regret and spoke to the people thus: 'By Allah! I have been an associate of
the Sahabah (companions) of Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam, it's a pity
that nowadays I find men who do not resemble them in any respect. When the
Sahabah (RA) got up in the morning, they looked dishevelled, pale in face and
covered with dust. During the night they would prostrate before Allah Ta'ala
or stand in devotion reciting from the Holy Qur'an. They would spend the whole
night standing. When tired they would lean to the right or left for respite,
shifting the weight of their bodies from one leg to the other. When they
recited lines glorifying Allah, they swayed in ecstasy, as the trees do, when
the wind passes through them. And they wept (for fear or love of
Allah Ta'ala) shedding tears so profusely that their clothes would become
wet. Alas! men of today, spend their nights in utter heedlessness."
From the book "Fadhail-e-Sadaqaa Part II", Translated by Prof. Abdul Karim.
All praise is due to Allah, and I invoke
peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad(Sall Allah Ho Alaihe Wa Sallam),
his family and upon all of his Companions