On Attaining Praiseworthy Attributes and Purifying the Heart

Answered by Sayyidī al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allah 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 one can attain two attributes it will lead to the attainment of all praiseworthy attributes and to purification from all blameworthy attributes:

  1. Constant awareness of Allah with a heart that is present;
  2. Following the Messenger of Allah ﷺ with complete awareness (of that following).