Manhaj al-salaf and ahl ul-sunnah wal-jamaa’ah
“Al-salaf” (the forefathers, or ones who passed before) are one and the same as “ahl ul-sunnah wal-jamaa’ah” (the followers of the sunnah and the united Islamic community). They comprise those who follow the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions (may Allaah be pleased with him), and adhere to their principles, beliefs, and practices. This fact is witnessed by the Prophet’s statement when he was asked about the party that will be saved and spared (from Hell), in which he said: “They are those who are (i.e., live, act, and believe) as I and my companions are today.”
This [boycotting of certain Salafee students of knowledge by other Salafees due to them not declaring a certain person an innovator although the Salafee scholars differ over them] is from the dangerous diseases that some of the du’aat (callers to Islaam) or those that claim to have knowledge have fallen into.
Question: We have Salafee students of knowledge from a particular country and we need their knowledge, but we have boycotted them and separated ourselves from them for over seven years because they did not declare this person and that person to be innovators [i.e. they did not make tabdee' of these individuals].
Is what some people spread correct that Shaykh 'Abdul-Muhsin (Al-'Abbaad), may Allaah grant him success, wrote this book (Rifqan Ahla-s-Sunnah bi Ahli-s-Sunnah, Oh people of Sunnah be gentle with the people of Sunnah) in defence of Abu-l-Hassan (Al-Ma'ribee)?
In fact, it is incumbent to refute them (the deviants who are firmly rooted in deviance, those who were nurtured upon deviance) with the sayings of Allaah and His Messenger.
“My advice is for them (youth who ascribe themselves to knowledge and speak ill concerning some of the scholars) to seek knowledge and avoid the obstacles along the path, no matter which of the scholars is spoken about. It’s upon them to cling to the path, and to busy themselves with knowledge and worship."
The questioner (may Allaah grant him success) asks: “What is your advice regarding the ones who say that the scholars and I say (words unclear) warn against the books of Shaykh Bakr (Aboo Zayd) and say that they should not be read?”