Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jabiree said, “Verily many people who claim they are Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafi) and that they are upon guidance, detest ascribing to Salafiyyah.
So they need to make their hearts comfortable with this ascription and by this, I mean the ascription to Salafiyyah, and their resolution (to openly proclaim they are Salafiyyah by via publicly assrting that, needs to) become firm.
That which has fallen into their hearts; this dislike (of ascribing to Salafiyyah), it is a whispering from the Shaytaan. This (whispering by the Shaytaan to dislike ascribing to Salafiyyah) was solidified in their hearts due to weak resolution and limited understanding of the deen.
If their determination was firm and strong and they had gathered strong understanding of the religion, then they would not dislike this ascription to Salafiyyah. (In fact) they would not find any objection to this.
I say to them, firstly, there comes in a hadeeth of the messenger of Allah, that which establishes this (ascription to the Salaf which Salafis have, hence the name Salafi). From them is the saying of the Prophet to his daughter Faatimah, “How excellent a Salaf (predecessor) I am for you!”
Secondly, this ascription is not something new, rather it is from the time of the sahaba, so it is said about them, that they are the Salaf. The word ‘Salaf’ is something common with the imams of this deen and Ahlu Sunnah, and this is clarified further, by the consensus (ijmaa) upon the correctness of ascribing to Salafiyyah and that there is no objection to this.
Listen to this ijmaa being reported by Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah rahimahullahu ta’ala, when he said, “There is no criticism for the one who proclaims the way of the Salaf, who attaches himself to it, and refers to it, rather it is obligatory to accept that with unanimous agreement (ijmaa)” to the end of his statement: “as the way of the Salaf is nothing but the truth.”
Return page 149 from the 4th volume of Majmoo’ Al-Fataawa if you desire.
Ibn Taymiyyah is an outstanding authority of our methodology (the Salafi manhaj) and he is one whom it has been testified concerning him, that he has great standing and likewise he is one who has preceded in excellence. He is reporting to us, this ijmaa (concensus).
Who is Ibn Taymiyah that reports this ijmaa? Surely he is a hujjah (proof) when he reports an ijmaa. Along with this, know that very few people of knowledge, have their statements relied upon when they quote an ijmaa.
So, youth of Al-Islam specifically and Muslims generally, don’t let there be any dislike in your chest in ascribing to Salafiyyah.
Rather raise your heads by this (term Salafi) and openly proclaim it and do not let the blame of the blamers overtake you.
Plus I will add one more thing;
Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah, in the previous reference point, I think it was page 115, he said, “From the signs of the Ahlu Bidah is leaving off the ascription to the Salaf us-Saalih (rigtheous predecessors).
You will not find a khalafee, especially those who are linked to the newly formed Islamic groups that are present in this time, those who are at war with Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah except that they hate As-Salafiyyah and ascribing to Salafiyyah.
Salafiyyah is not only an ascription but it is directing completely one’s ikhlas (sincerity) towards Allah, subhaanahu wa taaala and singling out the Prophet to be followed only.”
So, the people, O my children, are of two groups: The party of Ar-Rahmaan and the party of Ash-Shaytaan.
So the party of the Shaytaan are the disbelievers and the hypocrites, with the hypocrisy of belief.
(On the other hand) the party of Ar-Rahmaan are the Muslims, those who do not commit any actions that will cause them to totally leave the realm of iman (faith).
The best of the party of Ar-Rahmaan are those who do not misguide, and are not misguided. Those who proceed and take the path of guidance and truth at any time, and any place and they do not unite upon misguidance, they are the Salafis, they are Ahlu Sunnah wal Jamaah, they are the Firqatun Najiyah (Saved Sect) and the Taifatul Mansoorah (Victorious Group).”
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