Steps to sincerity..

‎‏قال الإمام ابن تيمية – رحمه الله- :

‎‏” لا يحصل الإخلاص إلا بعد الزهد،

‎‏ولا زهد إلا بتقوى ، والتقوى متابعة الأمر والنهي”.

‎‏مجموع الفتاوى ١/ ٩٤

Ibn Taymeeyah رحمة الله عليه said:

Sincerity can not be reached except after asceticism and there is no asceticism without taqwa. And taqwa is to adhere to the commands of what is lawful and unlawful.

Majmu’ al-Fataawa

Thinking is only part of the activity…

Thinking is only part of the activity of learning. One must also use one’s senses and imagination. One must observe, and remember, and construct imaginatively what cannot be observed. There is, again, a tendency to stress the role of these activities in the process of unaided discovery and to forget it or minimize their place in the process of being taught through reading or listening. For example, many people assume that though a poet must use his imagination in writing a poem, they do not have to use their imagination in reading it. The art of reading, in short, includes all of the same skills that are involved in the art of unaided discovery: keenness of observation, readily available memory, range of imagination, and, of course, an intellect trained in analysis and reflection. The reason for this is that reading in this sense is discovery, too- although with help instead of without it.

How to read a book. The classic guide to intelligent reading.

Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

I do not know of any disagreement on the matter…

‏” قال ابنُ عبدالبر:

‏”لا أعلمُ خلافاً بين العلماءِ أنّ من بكّرَ وانتظرَ الصّلاةَ وإن لم يصلّ في الصّفّ الأوّلِ أفضلُ ممن تأخّرَ ثمّ تخطّى الصّفوفَ إلى الصّفّ الأوّل “.

‏فتح الباري لابن رجب ٢٥٦/٤

Ibn abdul Barr رحمة الله عليه said:

I do not know of any disagreement amongst the scholars regarding the one who comes early for the prayer, yet does not get to pray in the first row. He Is better than the one who comes late and manages to cross the lines to pray in the first row.