Advice to Those Who Want to be upon the Straight Path
A lecture that took place in Philadelphia, USA, during a visit from the noble scholar, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Saʿd al-Suhaymī, translated by Abū ʿUways ʿAbdullāh Aḥmad ʿAī. Shaykh Ṣāliḥ advises the attendees on how to be "upon the straight path."
The noble Shaykh Ṣāliḥ Ibn Saʿd al-Suḥaymī gives an extremely important and essential advice to those seeking to be upon the straight path. The shaykh explains to us firstly what the straight path is by mentioning that it is the middle course; that middle course being a path that has no crookedness in it. It is neither to the right nor to the left but rather it is in the very middle. So how can one be from amongst the ones who are on the straight path? The shaykh mentions 5 qualities that one must possess in order to be from amongst those on the middle course:
1) Al-ʿIlm (Knowledge)
2) Taqwa (Fear and Awareness of Allāh)
3) Sticking and Holding on to the Rope of Allāh.
4) Not looking to the majority for the truth.
5) Fulfilling all the rights that Allāh has obligated upon us.
So it is upon the Muslim to strive hard to attain these qualities since success and happiness cannot be attained except by following and sticking to the straight path.