Ibn Taymiyyah, rahimahullah, said,
“Not everyone who adorns himself with the sunnah becomes a sunni. However, the distinguishing factor is at times of fitnah. [That is when] real men become known and the saved one is he who Allaah safeguards.” End translation. [Majmoo’ul Fataawa]
The scholars would say salafiyyah is not merely an ascription that a person becomes salafi by or by merely claiming to be on the methodology of certain great scholars of our time. Salafiyyah is firmness in statements and actions upon the methodology of the Salaf as-Saalih, especially during times of fitnah.
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman