Benefit: Referring to Oneself as 'Salafī'
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Ibn Bāz, raḥimahullāh, was asked this question: “What do you say about one who is referred to as ‘as-Salafī’ and ‘al-Atharī’? Is this a tazkiyah?” He, raḥimahullāh, responded: “If he is truthful that he is an Atharī (one who follows the narrations) or a Salafī, then there is no harm in it. (This is) a tazkiyah which is inevitable; a tazkiyah that is obligatory.”1
Likewise, the Shaykh, the ʿAllāmah, Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān mentioned it in al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, wherein he was asked: “What is al-Salafīyyah? And is it obligatory to traverse upon its methodology and cling to it?” He said: “al-Salafīyyah is traversing upon the methodology of the Salaf, from the Companions, the Tābiʿūn and the virtuous generations in the ʿaqīdah, understanding, and manners. It is obligatory upon the Muslim to traverse upon this methodology."2
 From a lecture entitled: “Ḥaqq al-Muslim” delivered in al-Tāʿif.
 al-Ajwibah al-Mufīdah, pg. 103.
Translated by Raha Batts