Manhaj al-salaf and ahl ul-sunnah wal-jamaa’ah
“Al-salaf” (the forefathers, or ones who passed before) are one and the same as “ahl ul-sunnah wal-jamaa’ah” (the followers of the sunnah and the united Islamic community). They comprise those who follow the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions (may Allaah be pleased with him), and adhere to their principles, beliefs, and practices. This fact is witnessed by the Prophet’s statement when he was asked about the party that will be saved and spared (from Hell), in which he said: “They are those who are (i.e., live, act, and believe) as I and my companions are today.”
It is not hidden from you what is occurring in Dammaj; and to our brothers from Ahlus Sunnah over there; by the Houthees. Thus what is obligatory upon Ahlus Sunnah in Yemen surrounding this issue?
They know nothing about the rudimentary matters of the religion but they have been afflicted with calling people innovators and boycotting.
The Muslim should not go to either extreme of being fanatical towards individuals amongst the Companions or being lenient and heedless about the rights they deserve.
It is clear that being young is a most likely condition for adhering to a wrong understanding and that in returning to the people of knowledge there is goodness and safety.
If one of the Shaykhs said about someone, ‘He is an innovator,’ is the student obliged to adopt this stance of calling that person an innovator?