1. When Do We Say That A Common Person Is Not A Salafi?
Shaykh Rabee said, “The common person, like the average Raafidhee (Shia), or their likes from the people of partisanship (Ahlu Bidah), if he affirms their ideas and he follows them, befriending people for their sake and opposing the Salafis for example, then he is from them.
But if he is not active (doing the aforementioned) and he is a person who accepts the truth, then he is to be advised and taught the Salafi manhaj. There should be no rush in judging him.
But if he is active with them and accepts their ideas as I have mentioned, then he is from them.
Other than this, the ordinary person who does not understand what they are on, the one who holds no animosity or stance against the Salafi manhaj, such a person should be dealt with patiently, taught and advised. There should be no rush in judging him.”
2. When does a person leave the Salafi Manhaj and (when is he) declared not to be a Salafi?
Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jabiree said, “This (when does a person leave the Salafi manhaj) has been clarified by the people of knowledge and they have documented this in their books and their admonitions.
…When a person opposes a fundamental from the fundamentals of Ahlus Sunnah (i.e. an issue of creed or manhaj agreedes upon by Ahlu Sunnah), the proof is established upon the person and if he refuses to return (to the correct aqeedah or manhaj of Ahlu Sunnah) then indeed he leaves Salafiyyah.
Likewise they (the scholars of Ahlu Sunnah) said that if even in the branches (fur’oo), he opposes a branch from the branches of the deen and makes walaa (loyalty) and baraa (disloyalty) upon this, then verily he leaves Salafiyyah.”
3. When Does A Man Leave Ahlu Sunnah?
Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmee said, “If a person innovates an innovation or it was innovated and he fell into it, he is to be advised. If he accepts this advice, then in this case he is to be considered from Ahlu Sunnah (Salafiyyah) and he has not left it.
If he does not accept the advice and the innovation is one which is clear (one agreed upon by Ahlu Sunnah scholars and not differed over by them), then surely he leaves Ahlus Sunnah (Salafiyyah) and he is not a Sunni (which means he is not a Salafi when ‘Sunni’ is used correctly), neither is he one with Salafi aqeedah (Islamic beliefs) in this matter.
It is not to be said that he is a Salafi and it is not to be said that he is from Ahlu Sunnah.”
Ref: A tape which the Shaykh Ahmed An-Najmee recorded on 29/10/02, transcription on Salafitalk.net
4. When Does A Person Leave The Sphere Of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafiyyah)
Shaykh Mohammed Al-Wasaabi said, “Perhaps you remember the statement of the Allaamah Ash-Shaatibi (may Allaah have mercy upon him) in his book Al-‘Itisaam, the summary would be:
That a person would leave the sphere of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafiyyah) in two cases:
1. If he opposes Ahlu Sunnah (Salafiyyah) in a fundamental from their fundamentals (the aqeedah or manhaj). As you know from the fundamentals of Ahlu sunnah is gathering upon the truth and this person has split from it (the truth in either aqeedah or manhaj).
2. If he becomes drowned (opposes many things which Ahlu Sunnah agree upon wether it is many small things or a few major things).
Ref: Al-Qawl Al-Hasan Fee Nushi Abil Hasan pg 30
5. When Is An Individual Considered To Be From The 72 Misguided Sects (Or One Of The Branches Of These Sects)?
Shaykh Fawzaan said, “Whoever opposes Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafiyyah) from those who ascribe themselves to Islam in dawah, in aqeedah or in anything from the fundamentals of iman (faith), then he enters the 72 sects. He is under this threat therefore he is censured and punished (refuted/warned against) depending on the extent of his opposition (to Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafiyyah)).”
Ref: Al Ajwibah Al Mufeedah pg:16
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