THE SALAFIS ARE THE TRUE SUNNIS UPON THE STRAIGHT PATH
A Salafi is a Muslim who adheres to the Creed, Methodology and the way of life of the Salaf As-Sālih (the Pious Predecessors), who were the first 3 generations of Muslims. These generations which include the companions had the best understanding of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) testified to their virtue when he said;
خَيْرُ النَّاسِ قَرْنِي، ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ، ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ يَلُونَهُمْ
“The best people are those of my generation, and then those who will come after them (the next generation), and then those who will come after them (i.e. the next generation).” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
No one understood this religion better than the Salaf and no generation comes close to them in virtue. In conclusion, the Salafi is the one who follows the Salaf in their understanding and practice of Islam.