Do you say: I am Salafi?

Does one say: I am Salafi

The Answer: Yes and No

Yes it is lawful if one seeks to clarify his methodology and gains standing by it specifically when one is faced with refuting the deviants.

And no it is unlawful if it is done in order to praise oneself as Allah said: He know more about you as he took you out of the earth and you were in the wombs of your mothers. Therefore do not praise yourself he is more knowledgeable of the one who fears him

Therefore if one says: Why don’t you say he is a Muslim and that would be enough or why don’t you say I am from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. And then don’t some of the people of knowledge in this time like Shaikh Fawzaan prevent one from calling himself Salafi and he is who he is in knowledge?

The answer: Everyone today says I am from Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah. Even deviant groups such as the Qadiyanis and other than them say We are from Ahlus Sunah Wal Jama’ah with the fact that they are from the Kaafir groups within the rest of them but they don’t say that We are Salafis! And it is a word that is correct according to the Shariah that came about to oppose the coming out of the deviant groups to clarify who Ahlus Sunnah is and to show how they (the deviant groups) have become astray in terms of their methodologies. But we do not mean by it (Salafeeyah) a group that has a secret organization. And what has been prohibited in our times from the likes of Al Allamah Al Fawzaan we say that he himself- May Allah preserve him- says this (I am Salafi), and defends it in many places, and refuted the ones who refuted the use of this word like his refutation on Areefi.

And then the Shaikh prohibited the use of this word- if it is correct from him this general speech- because the intention of this prohibition are the ones who say it with his tongue and doesn’t practice it with his actions or for the one that wishes to praise himself: Like the prohibition of Shaikh Ibn Baaz – may Allah have mercy upon him- and he has clarified this in some places in his Fatawa.

And if it is that it is correct that he said this with the intention of it being general then there are those from the scholars who said (that one can use the word Salafi) and that the (statements of) the Ulama with their virtues and knowledge have to have evidence behind it and they themselves are not used as evidence. And this refutation (using the words of Shaikh Fawzaan) that is singular is not correct because he is from the ones who has said it.

And All praise is due to Allah

هل يقول : [ أنا سلفي ] ؟

الجواب : [ نعم ] و [ لا ] .

نعم يجوز : إن أراد أن يبن منهجه ويعتز به وبالذات في مقام الرد على المخالفين .

ولا يجوز : إن كان من باب التزكية فالله يقول : ] هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِكُمْ إِذْ أَنشَأَكُم مِّنَ الْأَرْضِ وَإِذْ أَنتُمْ أَجِنَّةٌ فِي بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنفُسَكُمْ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنِ اتَّقَى [ .

فإن قيل : لم لا يقال أنه : [ مسلم ] ، ويكتفى أو يقول : [ أنا من أهل السنة والجماعة ] ؟ ثم أليس بعض أهل العلم في عصرنا ينهون عنها مثل الشيخ الفوزان وهو من هو في العلم ؟

والجواب : كل يقولها اليوم – [ أنا من أهل السنة والجماعة ] – ، حتى كثير من الفرق الضالة مثل القاديانية وغيرها يقولون : [ نحن من أهل السنة والجماعة ] ، مع أنهم فئة كافرة في مجموعهم ولكن لا يقولون : [ نحن سلفيون] ! وهي كلمة صحيحة شرعية ظهرت في مقابل خروج فرق أهل الضلال ليبين أهل السنة مفارقتهم لهم في مناهجهم ، ولكنا لا نريد بها فرقة هيكلية هرمية لها أنظمة سرية ، ومن نهى عنها في عصرنا كالعلامة الفوزان فنقول :


هو نفسه – حفظه الله – يقول بها ، ويدافع عنها في مواطن كثيرة ، ورد على من رد تلك اللفظة مثل رده على العريفي .


ثم الشيخ نهى عن تلك الكلمة – إن صح عنه بهذا الإطلاق – فالمقصود النهي عمن يلوكها بلسانه ولا يتمثلها عملا أو أراد بها التزكية : [ كنهي الشيخ ابن باز – رحمه الله – عنها ] وقد بين هذا في مواضع من فتاويه .


ثم لو صح عنه النهي عنها مطلقا ، فهناك من العلماء من قال بها والعلماء على فضلهم وعلمهم يستدل لهم ولا يستدل بهم [ وهذا الرد فرضي لا يصح ، فالشيخ من القائلين بها ] .

والحمد لله ..

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