Shaykh Albani said, “Now, without doubt, we are living through a very big problem. Where, in recent times, disunity between the groups that affiliate themselves to the Book and the Sunnah has surfaced.
So, from one angle, we advise the students of knowledge and especially the general masses of Muslims not to raise their heads towards such differences [between these different Salafi groups] and not be with one group against another.
Firstly, it is not easy, ever, to distinguish what is correct from an error or the truth from falsehood.
Secondly, and this is very important, not every person can judge with justice and fairness and stand by His Saying, the Most High, “… and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just–that is nearer to righteousness.” [Maa’idah 5:8]
Carrying out justice between two disputants, especially when a person’s desire is with one of the two, is very, very difficult.
Hence from the authentic Sunnah we know that when the Prophet sent Ali as a judge to Yemen he said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! You’re sending me to a people and I do not know how to judge?’ So he [the prophet Mohammed] struck his chest and said to him, ‘Do not judge between two people until you have heard from both of them.’
Actualising this text in such differences which you referred to [in your question] and a part of which I have [already] explained, achieving justice, in fact, actualising the truth before justice–none except the most elite of the elite from the people of knowledge are capable of it [i.e. the senior Salafi scholars].
Because they are the ones who have the capability to familiarise themselves with what these [disputants] say and what those others say and then compare the statement of this [group of people] with that, and then extract the correctfrom the two statements.
Sometimes there may be no [actual] difference between the two parties or statements except for, as the scholars say concerning some matters of dispute, that it is a, ‘Difference in wording.’
No one can do this except for a few individuals from the elite [the senior Salafi scholars].
And [yet] there are people from the elite [from the senior Salafi scholars] who cannot judge with justice [all the time between these differing Salafi groups]–he knows where the truth is concerning the two [differing Salafi] parties, [he knows] whether there is a difference between them or not, [but still even] if there is a difference between them, the truth may be with the side which he does not feel affection for–and so he swerves away from justice, and for this reason He, the Most High, said, “… and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just–that is nearer to righteousness.”
For this reason, we advise the students of knowledge, let alone those less than them, not to delve into [such matters] in this way, and that they not take a stance except for the truth [and they dont take a stance which Salafi group they prefer based on desires, bigotry, blindfollowing, fanaticism, love of certain personalities and friendships].”
Ref: Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 674.
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie