He says: “When is the person of Sunnah called muttabi‘ (follower) and when is he called muqallid (blind follower)?”
[Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool] :
If the person of Sunnah takes the truth with its proof from the Scholars and he – if he is from the laymen – is behind the Major Scholars and their fataawaa that are based upon the Book and the Sunnah – as is normally the case with them – and the understanding of the Salaf of this Ummah, then he is called muttabi‘ (follower) and he is not called muqallid (blind follower) with a blameworthy taqleed (blind following). This is the Manhaj of the Salaf and the ruling of the Scholars on the person of Sunnah.
And the person of Sunnah, as al-Barbahaaree – may Allaah have mercy upon him – described him… And this is an important and critical issue which we should pay attention to and understand well. What did al-Barbahaaree say? He said – may Allaah have mercy upon him:
“And a person is not described with the Sunnah until the characteristics of the Sunnah unite in him.”
So if you see a person for example engaging in the aspects of some refutations of the mukhaalifoon (those who oppose the Truth); thats it, this one is Salafee?! This is wrong! Until you look in the aspects of this and the aspects of that… His Usoolare the Book, the Sunnah and the Manhaj of as-Salaf as-Saalih, he implements them and revolves around them and it is known that he is with the Salafiyyoonand his brothers from the people of Sunnah, etc; then this one is a Salafee! As for other than that, then do not be fooled by his mere refutation of somemukhaalifoon that he is a Sunnee.
Yesterday – Friday in the meeting during the break – we heard the words of some of the Mashaayikh, may Allaah reward them with good. Some of the Mashaayikhnotified that some of the mukhaalifoon may show himself with refutation of the innovators. Al-Ikhwaan [al-Muslimoon] show themselves with refuting the Soofiyyah and the Raafidah, and where are al-Ikhwaan now? In the midst of the Soofiyyah and the Raafidah! And there are many attitudes [that they have]: they go and enter with them, etc. So do not be fooled until the characteristics of the Sunnah unite in him. And from the most prominent of the people who show themselves with the Sunnah, while they oppose it, are those who are known by the name Al-Haddaadiyyah – and their description has been mentioned in this meeting. Verily, they show themselves with the Sunnah, while they are in reality the enemies of the Sunnah.
Source: Questions & Answers regarding Manhaj (Methodology) – Shaykh Ahmad Baazmool
Translated by: Yâsîn Abû Ibrâhîm