Somebody asked the Holy Prophet of Allah Almighty, may Peace and Blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, "O Rasulallah! What is the route to salvation?"
He received the following answer.
(1) Have control over your tongue (speak only allowed words and these too only when necessary), (2) Extent your house ( the meaning is that do not go out without necessity, for example you go toilet only when it is necessary) and (3) In solitude, cry over your misdeeds ( a person who cries over his misdeeds will not have the temerity to point a finger at other people's short comings).
The Companions (sahaba) were the people who understood these things and thus shined like the moon and the sun. We, the ignorant, pay no heed to these words of wisdom.
(Sitting (majlis) on Saturday, August 21, 2010)