Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).
There are too many praiseworthy attributes that we must attain and too many blameworthy attributes from which we must purify ourselves. Even if we focused on just one of these attributes it would take a lifetime. What can we do?
If you can attain two attributes it will lead to the attainment of all praiseworthy attributes and to purification from all blameworthy attributes:
- Constant awareness (vigilance) of Allāh with a heart that is present;
- Following the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh bless him and grant him peace) with complete awareness (of that following).