Shaykh Saalih al - Fawzaan:
"And the foremost to embrace Islaam of the Muhaajirun and the Ansar
and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith)." (Surah At - Tawbah [9:100])
Exactly in Faith, which means with proficiency. Not only with a claim such as; "I am a Salafi and I am upon the Madhhab of (the) Salaf."
And if you ask him what the Madhhab of (the) Salaf is? "Wallah I don't know...but I'm a Salafi."
Then we say (to that individual) that you're not a Salafi. You don't know the Madhhab of (the) Salaf, then you're not a Salafi. How can you be with the Salaf and you don't know their Madhhab.
'And also those who followed them exactly in faith'
If you want to learn the Madhhab of (the) Salaf, then LEARN the Madhhab of (the) Salaf and what they were upon. So you can hold on to it, and follow it.
May Allaah give you all success in that which He loves and pleased with. And may Allaah's praise and blessings be upon Muhammad and upon all of his family and companions.
Shaykh Saalih al - Fawzaan (hafithahuAllaah)
Transcribed by Eesa ibn Roy
(slightly edited from original)
Source: Are you a Salafi?