Shaykh Ubayd Al-Jabiree said, “As for the Salafi methodology (manhaj), then it is following everything that comes from Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla) and his messenger and holding onto them in both speech and action. This is the Salafi manhaj and this is the Salafi path. This is the way of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah because Salafliyyah has various names and there is no difference between them in their meaning; they are The Saved Sect; The Victorious Group, Ahlu Hadeeth and they are Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
The Qawa’id (principles) of the Salafi manhaj (methodology) for Dawah Al-Salafiyyah are:
1.The first principle is ascription to as-Salafiyyah;
There comes in the ahadith of the messenger (in Saheeh Muslim) that which establishes this, from them is the saying of the Prophet (‘alayhi wa al-salātu wa salām) to his daughter Fatimah (raḍhī allāhu ʿanhā) “What an excellent Salaf I am for you.”
Secondly, this ascription is not something new rather it is from the time of the companions.
So, it is said about them that they are the Salaf and the word Salaf is something common with the Imams of the religion and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah.
Plus the issue is clarified further by the ijmah (consensus) upon the correctness of ascribing to Salafiyyah and that there is no objection to this.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullāh) said, “There is no criticism for the one who proclaims the way of the Salaf (i.e. Salafiyyah), who attaches himself to it and refers to it, rather it is obligatory to accept that, with unanimous agreement (i.e. ijmah).”
As the way of the Salaf is nothing but the truth.
Return to it [Ibn Taymiyyahs statement], if you desire, Page 149, from the fourth volume of Majmuʿal-Fatawa’ of Ibn al-Qasim.
Oh youth of Islam specifically and oh Muslims generally, do not let there be any dislike in your chest in ascribing to Salafiyyah rather raise your heads by this and with this and openly proclaim it and do not let the blame of the blamers overtake you.
I will add one more thing Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah wa ta ala), in the previous reference point, he said, I think page 115, he said, “From the signs of the people of innovation is that they leave off ascribing themselves to the Salaf.”
You will not find the Khalaf [those who oppose the way of the Salaf], especially those linked to the newly founded Islamic groups which are present at this time, those who are at war with Ahlu Sunnah except that they hate as-Salafiyyah and they hate ascribing to Salafiyyah because Salafiyyah is not only an ascription rather Salafiyyah is directing totally ones sincerity to Allah, and singling out the Prophet to be followed alone.
2. The second principle is that, ‘The men are known by the truth and the truth is not known by the men,’
The meaning of this principle is that a man is described as being firm and from Ahlu Sunnah and that he is upon the truth, which is not blemished by any type of innovation or deviance, [only] if he is upon the truth [not simply because of who he is].
3. The third principle is ‘Loving and Hating’ (for the sake of Allah);
Verily, many of those who claim that they are callers to Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla) have injustice and have strayed in this issue of loving and hating.
The criterion of loving and hating with them…is based upon personalities.
[But] the people of truth have unanimously agreed that there is no love for anyone one from the creation due to their personality or their essence except the prophet because he is the one who conveys the message of Allah and he is infallible in that which he conveys from his Lord.
Surely, he conveyed it in the most clear fashion. He did not add or neglect anything that he had been commanded with and likewise the rest of the Prophets and Messengers from the time of Nuh (alaihi wa salātu wa salām).
As for Ahlu Sunnah, then the criteria for Loving and Hating with them does not lie in personalities, rather it is for the sake of Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla).
There are authentic narrations (ahadith) which inform us that loving is for the sake of Allah, hating is for the sake of Allah, aiding is for the sake of Allah, having enmity is for the sake of Allah, giving is for the sake of Allah and preventing [harm yourself and others from doing harm] is for the sake of Allah.
These six characteristics, whoever perfects them and implements them when dealing with others, then he surely has completed the knots of Iman (faith).
4. The fourth principle is the refuting the mukhalif (the one who is in opposition) to the truth;
If it is not hundreds, then tens of people are negligent with this aspect and believe that it causes separation and splitting of the ummah. Because the ummah as they claim needs to be united [and this can no be done if mukhalifs are refuted, this in their eyes causes disunity]…And [they make other false claims] which they always repeat and state.
We [the Salafi scholars] say, this unity they want to establish and build, with what will you establish it?
The principles you are laying down, with what will you use to lay them down?
…Is it purely for the sake of Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla) [you wish to unite the ummah and the principles your laying down are they purely for the sake of Allah], or for the sake of personalities?
As that which is for personalities has no connection with us. But they claim they want to establish it [i.e. the ummah] for the sake of Allah (subhānahu wa ta’āla).” Ref: troid.ca.
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