Originally Posted by - Qatada -
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
People who walk on Manhaj As-Salaf are not those who call themselves Salafis. People who call themselves Salafis are not people who walk on Manhaj As-Salaf.
This is the conclusion that I have made after I learned about Manhaj As-Salaf and the Salafi.
There are people who active in da'wah to remind ummah to follow Qur'an and Sunnah properly and take Salafus Salih as the role model. And they do not stop on it. They gave many da'wah, they wrote many articles to make ummah know how the Salafus Salih lived under Islam. I often read their articles that full of refference from Sahaba, Tabi'in, Tabi'in Tabi, Madhab Imam, and other Salafus Salih. I often meet them in masjid, and I know few of them personaly. Honestly, their level of piousness really impress me.
Are they Salafis?. No, they never call themselves Salafi.
Unfortunatelly, In another side I saw other people who proudly call themselves Salafis and claim they are the only people who walk on Manhaj As-Salaf. But do they know what the Manhaj As-Salaf is?, I doubt. Da'wah that they give are only call kufar or deviant to other Muslims. And whitout intention to make fitnah, from what I have noticed, the Salafis are the only Muslims who dare to claim they will go to Jannah while all non-Salafis will go to the hell. This is something that Salafus salih had never done.
The Salafus Salih are people who always fear to Allah, they never sure they would go to Jannah, and it made them always tried to bring themselves closer to Allah.
So, brothers, sisters, do not ever call yourself Salafi if you want to walk on Manhaj As-Salaf. Once you call yourself Salafi, you will fall into arrogance.