Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Bin Baz said, ” This is not a correct statement (i.e. to say that only Hanbalis are Salafi, because Salafis follow all the Salaf us-Saalih (pious predecessors) without exception in aqeedah, manhaj and in all four fiqh madhabs).
Indeed the Salaf us-Saalih are the Sahaabah may Allaah be pleased with them, and who so ever followed their way, from the Taabi’een (Sahabas students) and the Atba At-Taabi’een (the Taabieen students), from the Hanafees, Maalikees, Shaafi’ees and the Hanbalees (the names of the four fiqh madhabs); and other than them from those whom traversed upon the truth and adhered to the mighty Book and the pure Sunnah, in the field of tawheed and in the names and attributes (of Allaah) and in all the affairs of the religion.
And we ask Allaah that He makes us from them, that He gives success to all the Muslims, in their governments and in their communities in all places, to cling to the mighty Book and the Sunnah of His truthful Messenger.
And that they (the Muslims) judge by them (Book and Sunnah) and use them for final determination.
And that they (the Muslims) warn against anyone that opposes them (the Book and the Sunnah).
And He (Allah) is the Protector and Guardian of that (his deen) and fully capable over it.”
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie