‘The Salaf are the Companions, and those who followed them in goodness until the Day of Judgement. In the best generations were the Qadareeyah, Mua’tazilah, Jahmeeyah4 and other than them from the ahl-ul-Bida’. However the term ‘Salaf’ is not applied to them, but rather it is applied to the Companions and those who followed them in goodness. The Salaf did not have hypocrisy.’
a) AbdulAwal bin Hamad al-Ansaari said:
‘I would hear my father say a lot in gatherings with students of knowledge: ‘Adhere to the ‘Aqeedah Salafeeyah’ and he -Rahimullaah- would say if the names of certain scholars were mentioned in his gatherings: ‘This one is Salafi, and this one is not a Salafi.
b) ‘al-Hasan al-Alawee al-Maghrabi narrated to us that when he intended to travel to Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Taqi –ud-Deen al-Hilali said to him: When you get to Madina go to Shaykh Hamad al-Ansaari for he is a scholar from the scholars of the Salaf, one who has a Salafi ‘Aqeedah and adhere to sitting with him.’8
c) My father said: ‘It is obligatory upon the one who travels to seek knowledge, once he reaches the city or the country that he aimed for, that he should search for a Salafi scholar.’