On the First Steps in Taking the Path

Answered by Sayyidi Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

I wish to take this path. What are the first steps I should take?

Take the following steps:

  • Try to pay the five prayers in congregation

  • Read a portion of the Qur’an every day even if it is a small amount

  • Read what you can of the adhkar in the Khulasah

  • Read ‘The Book of Assistance’ of Imam al-Haddad and try your utmost to act on what you read

  • If there are people in your locality that are teaching beneficial knowledge and they have a sound methodology then try to attend their lessons

  • If there are people calling to Allah then try to work with them

  • Follow our talks and lessons on the internet

  • Wait for an opportunity to take the covenant (`ahd) and thereby enter the ṭarīqah (either by physically meeting the shaykh or online)