Shaykh al-Islam Abu Bakr ibn Salim al-Alawi al-Husayni (Allah be pleased with him) states in Miftah al-Sara’ir wa Kanz al-Dhakha’ir: [p.39]

Know that holding fast to the Prophetic example is the fundamental basis for salvation, and lack of concern for it is the basis for all failure.

The servant of Allah doesn’t reach the reality of faith except through holding fast to the Prophetic example.

Allah Most High tells us,

“If you follow him, you shall be guided.” [Qur’an, Surat al-Nur: 54]