“It is not at all an innovation to refer to Ahlus-Sunnah as the Salafiyyoon. Rather, the legislative usage of ‘as-Salaf’ corresponds completely with the legislative usage of ‘Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.’ That is ascertained by contemplating upon the consensus of all of the linguists regarding the Companions. For they (the Companions) are the Salaf and they are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. So just as it is correct for us to say: “Sunnee,” as an ascription to Ahlus-Sunnah, it is also correct for us to say:“Salafee,” as an ascription to the Salaf; there is no difference.”
A hot topic amongst Muslims today, ‘What is Salafiyyah?’ ‘Who are the Salafees?’ Shaykh ‘Abdus-Salaam as-Suhaymee elucidates this often misunderstood topic.