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What Is Salafiyyah?

Who are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-jamaa'ah?


Question:

What is As-Salafiyyah and what is your opinion regarding it?


The following is part of a dialogue in which Shaikh Hammaad makes clear who the people
of the Sunnah are:
Answer:

Questioner: Who are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-jamaa'ah?


All praise is due to Allaah alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger, his
family and his Companions.
The Shaikh: They are those that hold firmly to that which the companions were upon

To proceed:
Questioner: Are the Salafees Ahlus-Sunnah wal-jamaa'ah?

"As-Salafiyyah" is an attachment or affiliation to the 'Salaf'. And "The Salaf" are the
The Shaikh: Yes; As-Salafiyyah is the Sunnah and the Jamaa'ah, that is because the
Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu 'alaihi wassallam) and the Imaams of
meaning of Salafiyyah is to hold firmly onto that which the righteous Salaf were upon in the
guidance (may Allaah be pleased with them) from the first three generations, those whose
past
goodness Allaah's Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) bore witness to in his
statement:
Questioner: O Shaikh; the jamaa'ah of the Ikhwaan (Al-Muslimeen) and At-Tableegh - are
they from Ahlus-Sunnah?
"The best of mankind is my generation, then those who follow them, then those who
follow them. Then there will come people where bearing witness of one of them will
The Shaikh:
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they are not from them, so the jamaa'ah of the Ikhwaan (Al-Muslimeen) and At-Tableegh
are not from Ahlus-Sunnah, because they are upon idelogies that are contrary to them.
[Reported by Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal in the 'Musnad', 'Al-Bukhaaree', and Muslim]*

Shaykh Hammaad al-Ansaaree


And "The Salafiyyoon [or Salafees]" is the plural of "Salafi", an attachment or affiliation to
the Salaf, and its meaning has already preceded above - and they are those who traverse
Al-Majmoo' fee tarjumah Hamaad Al-Ansaaree volume 2 pages 762-763
upon the Methodology (Manhaj) of the Salaf in following the Book of Allaah and the
Sunnah [of the Messenger of Allaah], and inviting to them, and acting upon them, and they
are, due to this, Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah.

* Imaam Ahmad: (4/426). Al-Bukhaaree: (2651). Muslim: (2535).