The Real Leaders and Nobles

The great scholar, Shaikh Zaid ibn Muḥammad ibn Hādī Al-Madkhalī, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Salafis are the real people of leadership and nobility among Muslims. It is not possible for any person held responsible for his own actions [according to Islāmic law] to be a salafi except after being a Muslim who holds onto the [authentic] narrations and reports [of the Prophet ﷺ, his companions, and those who directly followed them], while staying away from all newly introduced matters in the religion.

Al-ʿIqd Al-Munaḍḍad Al-Jadīd, vol. 3, p. 76, as quoted by Shaikh Fawāz Al-Madkhalī.