Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Ubaykaan said, “Indeed, the ikhtilaaf (differing) in which ijtihaad (scholarly research to come up with a ruling upon a particular issue, for which there are no clear hadeeths or verses from the Quran) is not permitted in that which is connected to the aqeedah (belief) and the manhaj (methodology).
So this did not occur amongst the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) during his time; nor did it occur during the time of Aboo Bakr and ‘Umar (radiyAllaahu ‘anhumaa). Indeed, the Companions were upon one aqeedah and one manhaj.”
Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Ubaykaan said also, “As for ijtihaad in the aqeedah and the manhaj, then there is no good fortune or reward for the one who employs ijtihaad in such affairs. Rather, it is obligatory to stop at only what the texts have mentioned.”
In addition Shaykh Abdul Muhsin Al-Ubaykaan said, “…there is no place for ijtihaad in issues of aqeedah and manhaj.
Rather, it is obligatory to traverse the manhaj of the Salafus-Saalih (rigtheous predecessors) and to unite with the Scholars, who are knowledgeable concerning this manhaj (of Salafiyyah) and are able to distinguish between the authentic and the weak.”
Ref for all three statements: sunnahpublishing.net via salafitalk.com
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