Shaykh Al-Fawzaan said, “What is meant by the salafi madhab is the way of the salaf (early generations) of this ummah, namely the Sahaba, Taabieen and prominent imams with regard to issues of ‘aqeedah, sound methodology (manhaj), sincere faith and adherence to the beliefs, laws, etiquette and conduct of Islam, unlike the innovators, deviants and those who are confused…
There is nothing wrong with calling them Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Salafiyyeen/Salafiyyoon), so as to differentiate between them and the followers of deviant groups. This is not praising oneself, rather it is distinguishing between the people of truth and the people of falsehood.”
Ref: Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al-Shaykh al-Fawzaan, 1/question no. 206.
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