It is not for anyone to ascribe himself to a particular Shaykh and to have love with those who follow him, or to have enmity/hatered based upon that.
Rather, he should have love for everyone who is from the people of eemaan (i.e. is from the people of Islam) and is known to have taqwaa (piety and obedience to Allaah in that which He has ordered and prohibited), from the Shaykhs, or from others. No one should be particularised with an increase in walaa except if he sees from him greater eemaan and taqwaa.
So precedence and excellence is given to whomsoever Allaah and His Messenger have given them to.
Allaah – the Most High – said: “O mankind! Indeed We created you from a man and a woman, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Indeed the most noblest of you with Allaah are those that have the most taqwaa (piety).” [Soorah al-Hujuraat 49:13].”
Ref: Majmoo’ Fataawaa (11/512)
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie