To Be Righteous, Be with the Righteous

The great scholar, Shaikh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaimīn, may Allāh the All-High have mercy on him, said:

How many a person really wanted to become righteous but remained in the company of those not righteous and then couldn’t do it. If he were to have kept away from them, that would have been one of the ways to [his] being guided.

Fatāwá Nūr ʿalá Al-Darb, vol. 12, p. 18, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī. 9 Feb 21.