Sheikh Muhammad ‘Amaan Ibn ‘Alee al-Jaamee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said,
‘When we generally use the term ‘as-Salaf’, what we specifically mean by it in relation to terminology is: The Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, who were present in his time, as they took both the fundamentals and the secondary aspects of Islaam, vibrant and strong, directly from him. Similarly what is included in the meaning of this term is the generations coming after the Companions- the Taaba’een, those to whom the Companions passed over their legacy of endeavors before many years had passed by.
This is since they are included in the merit which the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah’s praise and salutations be upon him, testified and bore witness to.’
(From As-Sifaat al-Ilaaheyaah, pg. 57-60) 1
|From ’30 Days of Guidance: Learning Fundamental Principles of Islaam’|