The Distinctive Characteristics Of The Salafi Methodology – By Shaykh Dr. Khalid Adh-Dhafiri حفظه الله

Shaykh Khalid Adh-Dhafiri

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[27/08/2023] The Distinctive Characteristics Of The Salafi Methodology – By Shaykh Dr. Khalid Adh-Dhafiri حفظه الله. Translation by Dr. Abdulilah Lahmami حفظه الله. Markaz Muaadh bin Jabal, Slough, UK.

Some points covered by Shaykh Dr. Khalid Adh-Dhafiri حفظه الله:

  • Ten ways in which Ahlus-Sunnah distinguish themselves from the people of innovation and desires:
  • 1. They strive to learn the Islamic legislative knowledge.
  • A sign that Allāh is pleased with a servant.
  • That which Ahlus-Sunnah busy themselves with vs the partisan groups.
  • 2. They gather between knowledge and action.
  • Following the Qur’ān and Sunnah, and preceding speech and action with knowledge.
  • 3. They do not put forth the speech of anyone before the Book of Allāh and statements of the Messenger ﷺ.
  • Imām Aḥmad’s (رحمه الله) amazement at those who leave authentic aḥādīth for the opinions of men.
  • A warning against opposing the Messenger ﷺ.
  • Seeking proof in all affairs.
  • 4. Their ‘Aqīdah is one, regardless of time or place.
  • Statements from Imām as-Sam’ānī and Imām al-Bukhārī (رحمهم الله) highlighting the consensus of Ahlus-Sunnah upon the correct ‘Aqīdah.
  • 5. They are distinct from Ahlul-Bid’ah.
  • The example of the early Khawārij who were distinct in shaving their heads.
  • The reason we do not sit with Ahlul-Bid’ah.
  • How the Salaf protected their ranks from the people of fitnah and desires.
  • The example of how ‘Umar b. al-Khaṭṭāb (رضى الله عنه) dealt with Ṣabīgh b. ’Isl who used to cause doubts and confusion regarding verses of the Qur’ān. 
  • Ahlul-Bid’ah’s love for fitnah and how they take advantage of people’s weakness.
  • 6. They know the truth and are merciful with the creation.
  • The great blessing of being guided to Islām and the Sunnah.
  • Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) on the mercy of Ahlus-Sunnah towards Ahlul-Bid’ah when they refute them.
  • The mercy Ahlus-Sunnah should have with each other.
  • 7. Their foundations are established after analysing the evidences.
  • The way of Ahlul-Bid’ah in establishing their belief and then looking for proof to support it.
  • Ahlus-Sunnah’s affirmation of whatever comes to them from the Book of Allāh and Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ regarding the Attributes of Allāh.
  • 8. They gather the texts regarding a matter.
  • The deviation of the Khawārij who concentrate on fear and the Murji’ah who concentrate on hope.
  • 9. They are firmly established upon the dīn without instability.
  • 10. They are patient upon the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ.
  • The enduring patience of Ahlus-Sunnah.

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