Shaykh Abdullah Al-Ghunaymaan said, “This is not correct (to hold Salafis are a more specific group than Ahlus Sunnah), because Ahul Sunnah are those who follow the Sahaabah and the path of the Salaf (the early generations of Islam). These (Ahlu Sunnah and Salafis) are not two distinct groups, and the Salafis are not a more specific group (they are one and the same group)!
According to the terminology that is well known, the Salaf are the Sahaabah and those who follow their path, and Ahul Sunnah are those who follow the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). They are the ones concerning whom the hadeeth was reported: “Whoever follows the same path as me and my Companions” (The hadeeth about the saved group).
Stirring up disputes and conflict on the grounds of (differing between the names Salafi and Ahlu Sunnah)…alone is not permissible.
Allah has commanded the believers to be united and has forbidden them to be divided and warned them against that…This is not the way of Ahlu Sunnah…” Ref: http://www.siratemustaqeem.com
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie