[Q]-What is Salafiyyah? Is it obligatory to traverse its manhaj (methodology) and to hold onto it?
[A]-Salafiyyah is to traverse upon the methodology of the Salaf from the Companions, the taabi’een and the virtuous generations in ‘aqeedah, understanding and manners. It is obligatory upon the Muslims to traverse this manhaj (methodology).
Salafiyyah is not a hizb (party) from the ahzaab (parties) as some think and propagate. Rather, it is an ascription to the Salafus-Saalih and following their manhaj, as the Shaykh – may Allaah be pleased with him – has stated. This is because they – that is, the Companions – are as Ibn Mas’ood described them in his statement, “Whoever wishes to follow someone, then let him follow one who has already died. Since those that are living are not safe from the fitnah (trial, discord). These are the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah SalAllaahu alaihe was sallam, the people with the most righteous of hearts, and the most earnest of them in knowledge, and the least of them in hypocrisy,” may Allaah be please with them. [Refer to Jaami’ Bayaanul-‘Ilm wa Fadlihi (p.49), Mishkaatul-Masaabeeh (no.193) and al-Hilyah (1/305) of Aboo Nu’aym.]
[Information taken from the book “Fundamentals of the Salaafee Methodology” By Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen al-Albaanee (d.1420H)]