Dawah to the Word 'Salafiyyah' and Not the Concept
Alhumdulillah, I came across these questions and answers from one of the `ulama I was able to benefit from in Saudi, Ash-Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al-`Ajlan. I found it it over add my dear brother Abu `Uthman's site at http://forpeopleofunderstanding.blogspot.com/2008/01/question-answer-session-with-shaykh.html/
However, it was orginally posted at Ash-Shaykh Zahid Rashid's site at http://albaseerah.org/ . I do not know where the exact link is at Albaseerah.Org.
This post refute what maybe of the ghulat (extremists) have been purporting for years. It is true that many still do not know this blessed dawah, as if evident from those go became Salafi as part of some "movement" or some "gang-affiliation," and are not trashing Salafiyyah when they were in actuality only extremist using the Salafi name for their own self-promotion.
Khalil Al-Puerto Rikani
Question & Answer Session with Shaykh Abdur Rahman al-Ajlaan
By Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Al-‘Ajlaan حفظه الله
on Thursday, December 14th, 2006
Question: A very good, committed and Inshaa Allaah sincere brother calls people to Salafiyyah but sometimes aggressively questions Muslims regarding if they are Salafi or not. This has resulted in many Muslims feeling offended and turning away from the word ‘Salafi’. This brother believes that the word Salafi must be used right away in Da’wah otherwise it is a sign that the person is ashamed of being Salafi. How should this person be advised?
Answer: It is not incumbent for one calling to the religion of Allaah تعالى to use a specific phrase such as ‘Salafiyyah’. Rather a caller to Allaah تعالى should call to the Book of Allaah تعالى and the Sunnah of His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, or to the haqq (truth), or to the Qur'aan. So it is not incumbent for a caller to Allaah تعالى to use a specific phrase such as ‘Salafiyyah’. Why? Because using the phrase ‘Salafiyyah’ could be used in issues far from the truth and in turn the phrase may be hated and people may be chased away from it. So it is not incumbent to use that specific phrase in calling to Allaah تعالى.