Shaykh Ahmad An-Najmee said, “Why do they (some youth) run away from that (saying “Iam a Salafi”)?
Do they think Salafiyyah is incorrect in any way?
It is only an ascription to what the companions of the Prophet were upon and those who followed them from the scholars, jurists, scholars of hadeeth, and scholars of tafseer; those who are known for their correct belief in every time and place. Those who follow the truth: the book of Allah and the
authentic sunnah of the Prophet upon the understanding of the companions!
So is this ascription to these people incorrect in any way to the point that one runs away from it?
To Allah we come from and to Allah we return.
As for the one who follows the way of the salaf and says “I am Salafi”, we hope for him good.
As for the one who runs away from this ascription (to Salafiyyah via saying “Iam Salafi”) maybe he/she may be punished for it.”
Ref: sahab.com via salafitalk.com
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie