It is not funny though, seeing fans whenever one of their deviants scholars vomits nonsense, the followers come out to defend him blindly, then a known matter in the deen will become unknown, they look for scholars that would say similar thing to back their deviants!
No one ever forces you to attach salafi to your name, and you have no right whatsoever to blame those who attach it to their names, but, the way of salaf is compulsory on everyone to trend!!
Automatically or manually you are a salafi as far as you take their way a lovely way to trend
What divides the Ummah is not the names but innovations, this is what should be a primary concern of a sensible scholar, he should be discussing and be treating this, if Salafiyyah is worthy of trending to you, and it is not a new way, it is a way of Sohaabah and those who came after them, how can being a salafi be a problem to you?
Calling carpenter a carpenter is not a problem to people, calling mason a mason is not a problem to people, they are called because of what they do!!!
Hiding behind the statement of Sheikh Uthaymayn is a sign of deviation without doubt, the scholars before Sheikh saw nothing wrong in doing so, they even encouraged that:
** Imam Dhaabi qualified Imam Ddaaraqutmi as Salafi in Siyar (16/457), he said:
“قُلْتُ: لَمْ يَدْخلِ الرَّجُلُ أَبداً فِي علمِ الكَلاَمِ وَلاَ الجِدَالِ، وَلاَ خَاضَ فِي ذَلِكَ، بَلْ كَانَ سلفيّاً“
“I said: the man (Imam Ddaaraqutmi) wasn’t involved in theology and wasn’t dived into it, but he was a Salafi.”
** And he (Imam Dhaabi) calls a serious one to be a salafi in the same book quoted (13/380):
“فَالَّذِي يحتَاج إِلَيْهِ الحَافِظُ أَن يَكُون تقياً ذكياً، نَحْوِيّاً لُغَوِيّاً زكياً، حَيِيّاً، سَلَفياً.”
“What Haafidh is in need of, is being a God’s fearing, brilliant, grammarian, linguist, intelligent, bashful, Salafi.”
** This is Sheikhul Islaam ibn Taymiyah, he said in Majmoo’ul Fataawa (4/149):
“لَا عَيْبَ عَلَى مَنْ أَظْهَرَ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ وَانْتَسَبَ إلَيْهِ وَاعْتَزَى إلَيْهِ بَلْ يَجِبُ قَبُولُ ذَلِكَ مِنْهُ بِالِاتِّفَاقِ. فَإِنَّ مَذْهَبَ السَّلَفِ لَا يَكُونُ إلَّا حَقًّا.”
And even the scholars of his time saw nothing wrong in a person calling himself a Salafi.
** Sheikh ibn baaz answered a question, what is your take on calling oneself a Salafi and athary, is it a commendation?
The Sheikh said:
” إذا كان صادقا أنه أثر أو سلفي لا بأس به، مثل ما كان السلف يقولون: فلان سلفي، فلان أثري، تزكية لا بد منها، تزكية واجبة.” المحاضرة بعنوان “حق المسلم” ألقيت بالطائف.
“If he should be truthful that he is a Athary or a Salafi nothing is wrong with that, like what Salaf are used to call: so so person is Salafi, so so person is Athary, commendation is must, commendation is compulsory.”
Please, stop ruining after the innocent salafis, may Allah guide us right, and save us from the evils of deviants!!
Written by: Uztadh Abu Haneefah Tanimola, Hafidhahullah