This booklet answers the question: “What are the differences that exist amongst the Salafis these days? What was the stance of the Salaf, the pious predecessors with respect to differences of opinion?”
‘Firstly: The (Salaf) predecessors of Ahlus-Sunnah and those who came after them did not, and do not, speak out unrestrictedly. They do not attack, rather they adhere to the balanced position (of speaking out) in the religion; so they look at:
Firstly: The issues of opposition
Secondly: At the person who is opposing
So, the issues of opposition that occur around the world in the area of knowledge are of two types:
That in which there is scope for striving to arrive at the correct position (Ijtihaad), and it being allowed to have opinions and differences in that issue. This is in (fiqh) rulings. So, one should look at the evidences. If
both parties have religious proofs to back up their positions, then one group should not blame the other. The Salafis may possess something of this, in fact even the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them) did. If one group was to hold something against another group – I say this as a presumption – say one group was to hold an issue against another group, and was to launch a vicious attack and showed allegiance and enmity upon evidence which is justified according to his viewpoint, then here he leaves the fold of Ahlus-Sunnah (the people of the Sunnah) and enters the fold of Ahlul-Bid’ah (the people of innovation).
We know of many situations where Ahlus-Sunnah differed and one group did not blame the other.