Is Salafiyyah a hizb (Party) from amongst parties?

Shaikh Saalih al-Fawzaan was asked. “Is Salafiyyah a hizb (party) from amongst the parties. And is ascribing to them (i.e. the Salafis) a blameworthy thing?”

To which he replied, “As-Salafiyyah (i.e. the Salafis) is the Saved Sect, and they are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. It is not a hizb (party) from amongst the various parties, those which are called “parties” today. Rather they are the Jama’ah, the Jama’ah upon the Sunnah and upon the Deen (religion). They are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. The Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah manifest and upon the truth not being harmed by those who forsake them neither by those who oppose them” and he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) also said. “And this Ummah will split into 73 sects, all of them in the Hell-Fire but one.” They said, “which one is this O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “They are those who are upon what I and my companions are upon today”. Hence Salafiyyah is a group of people (i.e. the Salafis) upon the madh-hab of the Salaf, upon what the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and his companions were upon and it is not a hizb from amongst the contemporary groups present today. Rather it is the very old Jamaa’ah, from the time of the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) which inherits (this way) and continues, and which never ceases to be upon the manifest truth until the establishment of the Hour, as he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) has informed (us).” (Cassette: “at-Tahdheer min al-Bid’ah” second cassette, delivered as a lecture in Hawtah Sadeer, 1416)

Shaikh Saalih Aal ash-Shaikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs of Saudi Arabia, stated, “Muslims are of two groups: Salafis and Khalafis. As for the Salafis, then they are the followers of the Salaf us-Saalih (first three generations of Muslims). And as for the Khalafis, then they are the followers of the understanding of the Khalaf and they are also called Innovators—since everyone who is not pleased and satisfied with the path of the Salaf us-Saalih, on knowledge and action, understanding and fiqh, then he is a khalafi, an innovator.” (Haadhihi Mafaaheemunaa, Chapter on Ascription to Salaf and Salafiyyah).

In the verdict of the Permanent Committee, No. 1361 (1/165) there occurs, “Salafiyyah is an ascription to the Salaf, and the Salaf are the Companions of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and the Imaams of Guidance from the first three generations (may Allah be pleased with them), those whose goodness has been testified to by Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam), “The best of people are my generation, then those who follow after them, then those who follow after them, then there will come a people whose testimony will precede their oath and their oath will precede their testimony.” Reported by Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad and also by al-Bukhaari and Muslim. And “the Salafis” (Salafiyyoon) is the plural of “Salafi”, which is an ascription to the Salaf, and its meaning has already preceded. And they are the ones who traverse upon the minhaaj of the Salaf, from amongst the followers of the Book and Sunnah, those who call to them both, and to acting upon them, as a result of which they are from Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.”

Stated ‘Abdul-Azeez bin Abdur-Rahman Aal as-Sa’ood, “Indeed I am Salafi, my aqeedah is Salafiyyah, by whose requirements I traverse upon the Book and the Sunnah.” (Stated during Hajj of 1965, ‘Al-Mushaf was-Sayf” p. 135)

Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen states: “Who are the Ahl ul-Athar? They are the ones who follow the aathaar (narrations), they follow the Book and the Sunnah and the sayings of the Companions (radyallahu anhum). And this does not befit any group (firqah) amongst the sects except the Salafiyyeen, those who adhere to the path of the Salaf…” which occurs on the first tape of his explanation of “Al-Aqeedat as-Safaareeniyyah.”

Likewise the Noble Shaikh stated in Sharh ul-Aqeedat ul-Waasitiyyah (1/53-54), “…There is no doubt, however, that one of them is truly Ahl us-Sunnah—but which one? Is it the Ash’arees, the Maatureedees or the Salafis? Whichever of them agrees with the Sunnah is considered to be Ahl us-Sunnah, while whichever of them opposes is not. So we say: The Salaf are Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, and this description cannot be true for anyone else besides them… Rather Ahl us-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah are the Salaf in terms of belief, until even a person coming in the later times until the Day of Judgment, if he is upon the path that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and his Companions were upon, then he is a Salafee.”

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