Know oh Muslims that the methodology of the Salaf which is the call toward the Qur’an and the Sunnah upon the understanding of the Companions is affirmed in the evidences of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and what the Muslims have consensus upon. Allah has said: “And whoever disputes with the Messenger after the guidance has been made clear and follows a way other than the way of the believers we will leave him in the path he has chosen and throw him into the Hellfire and what an evil abode”. And Allah has said: “The ones who came before from the Emmigrants and the Helpers (the companions) and those that follow them in goodness Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Allah”. Imam Ash Shawkani said : And the meaning of the part of the verse which says ; and those that follow them in goodness; they are those who follow those who came before from the Emmigrants and the Helpers, and they are the ones who came after from the companions and those that follow them until the day of judgement. And Allah has said: “Say this is my way I call to Allah upon knowledge, myself and those that follow me”. Imam Muhammad Ibn Abee Izz said: This is evidence that those who followed the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) are callers to Allah… and his followers are those who were specified in having knowledge over others. And Allah has said: “The ones that came after them say Our Lord forgive us and our brothers who came before us in Faith”. Imam As Sa’di said: Allah has described the companions of the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) with Faith, because the meaning of ; those who came before us in Faith; shows that they share the same characteristics as they do, because they follow the Prophet’s companions in their belief and fundamentals, and they are Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.
And the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) said : “There will always be a group from my nation who are clear upon the truth, those who do ill to them shall not harm them until the hour comes and they are upon this (the truth)”. Imam Al Bukhari said: They are the people of Hadeeth. And the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “And my nation will be seperated into 73 different groups all of them are in the hellfire except one”. The companions asked : Who are they oh Messenger of Allah? He then said: “They are upon what myself and my companions are upon today”. And Imam Ahmad was asked about them and said: If it is that this aided group is not the people of Hadeeth I do not know who they are. And the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “The best of generations is my generation, then those that follow them, then those that follow them”. They are the best out of all the Muslims in terms of the practise of this religion, Ibn Mas’uud (Radiallaho anhu) said: They are te companions of the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam), they were the best of this nation, and were the most righteous, and had the deepest amount of knowledge, and their disobidience is little”.
And the sayings of the Salaf (the first 3 generations of Muslims) are many. Abu Aliyah said: Upon you is what the Muslims were upon before they seperated. Abu Haneefah said: Upon you are the narrations and the way of the Salaf. Imam Al Auza’ee said: Upon you are the narrations of those that came before even if the people despise you for this, and beware of the opinions of men even if they decorate it with their speech. Imam Ahmad said: The basis of the Sunnah according to us is to hold on to what the companions of the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) were upon and following them. Imam Al Barbahari said: And the basis upon which the Jama’ah is built are the companions of the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and they are Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. And whoever does not take from them, they have innovated and have become misguided. And he said: Do not enter into any matter until you ask and look: did any of the companions of the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) speak about it or any one of the scholars?”
And the scholars of this time have remained upon this methodology. Shaikh Ibn Baaz was asked about the saved sect and he said: They are the Salafis and anyone who proceeds upon the way of the companions. And Shaikh Abdullah son of Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab said: Our Madhab in creed is the madhab of Ahlus Sunnah and our way is the way of the Salaf which is the safest and most knowledgable. Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al Uthaimeen said: Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah are characterised by having the belief of the companions, even those who come later until judgement day, once they are upon the way of the salaf they are salafi. And Shaikh Fawzaan said: And the Salafis are the group upon the methodology of the companions, what the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) was upon and his companions. Shaikh Al Albani said: And there is no doubt that the best thing to clearly describe oneself (as being upon the right path) is to say; I am upon the Qur’an and the Sunnah upon the way of the companions, in short saying I am Salafi.
Therefore whoever follows the companions they are Salafi, Ahlus Sunnah, Sunni, from Ahlul Hadeeth, from Ahlul Athar, from the saved sect, from the aided group. We do not say that this person is Sunni and Salafi and this other one is Sunni and other than Salafi. This is an incorrect statement. Because the Sunni is the Salafi and he is from Ahlus Sunnah and they are different names for being upon one thing which is following the way of the companions. There the tableeghis, the Ikhwanis and the Sufis are not to be called Sunni rather they are from the people of innovation and seperation. Therefore we do not give them any appraisal whatsoever (calling them Sunni) and they are not upon this. As Ahlus Sunnah is one group.
Second Khutbah (Some Parts cut off as it was specific to the Mosque I gave the Khutbah in)
What has just preceeded clearly shows that the Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) has left us upon clarity of which the night of it is like the day of it. And Allah has made clear the truth and has destroyed all falsehood. And it has been made clear that the way of the Salaf is the way which Allah himself has told us to follow. And from the principles that are known is what Imam Al Barbahari mentioned in his book: The explaination of the creed: where he said : It is not Halaal to say that a person is a person of the Sunnah unless he follows the Belief and methodology of the companions”. Therefore the person of the Sunnah meaning the one that is upon the way of the Salaf is not known by the fact that they wear a thobe or niqaab, or that they belong to a certain mosque or organisation… we know the person of Sunnah by the fact that they try to seek knowledge about the way of the companions and act upon it from those who are known to be Salafi… and by the fact that they stay away from the gatherings of the people of innovation… and the fact that they try to bring together their brothers and sisters from Ahlus Sunnah… .