Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jabiree said, “The definition of Salafiyyah is clear from the aspect of the language, it is an ascription to those who have preceded us.
So those who have passed before us, they are referred to as the Salaf.
Know, may Allah bless all of you, that Salafiyyah was not founded from anyone of mankind in any time or any place.
Rather Salafiyyah it came from Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla). The Prophets and Messengers of Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla) conveyed it from Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla), that which he wanted to be conveyed as legislation.
Then, after them the callers to Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla) who call in accordance to this message [conveyed Allahs legislation for mankind].
Salafiyyah does not rely upon anything [to form their aqeedah and to be the basis of their manhaj] except a text, meaning the Book (i.e. the Quran), the Sunnah and ijmah (consensus – of the sahaba).
Therefore the speech and action of the whole of mankind with us [Salafis] are weighed with two things, the text and the ijmah.
So that which agrees with a text or a consensus [of the sahaba] then that is accepted from him and that which is in opposition to a text or a consensus [of the sahaba] then this speech or action is rejected, no matter, who it may be [from].
If it is found that the one who is in opposition to the truth has the fundamentals [i.e. the aqeedah including the manhaj] of the Sunnah, then his mistake is rejected and he is not pursued any further due to this mistake and his honour and standing is preserved with us.
But, if we were to find that the one is in opposition to the truth he is, was an innovator and he does not give any importance to the Sunnah or its due weight and his foundations are built upon the foundations/fundamentals Ahlu Bidah, he is refuted. He is refuted just like the other misguided innovators are refuted and he is met with harshness and he is scolded and he is warned against if this does not result in greater evil.”
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