I wish to take this path. What are the first steps I should take?
Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).
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 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 tariqah (either by physically meeting the shaykh or online)