Imam Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal al-Shaybānī said, "The foundations of the Sunnah with us are: Holding fast to what the Companions of The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ were upon, and taking them (i.e. the Companions of the Prophet) as an example to be followed." → Usool as-Sunnah | Translated by: Abu Dawūd [Mustafa b. Saalih] al-Hushayshi
Ibn Abi Layla – "I have met 120 Companions of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ in this Masjid - none of them, when asked about a matter regarding a hadith or a verdict, except they wished their peers sufficed them [by answering on their behalf] and today the matter has reached a people who profess knowledge … Continue reading Ibn Abi Layla [d. 83 AH] – The Salaf and Issuing Fataawa [rulings]
Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisi [d. 1223] – "The Salaf [when asked for a religious ruling] would forward [the task] of giving a fatwa to one another [hoping their peers would suffice them by answering it instead] until it would return to the first [the one who was initially approached for the religious verdict]." → Mukhtasar Minhaaj … Continue reading Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisi [d. 1223 CE] – The Salaf when approached for a religious verdict…
Taqī ad-Dīn Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah – "How, then, would the best generation [the companions] of this Ummah have less knowledge and wisdom [particularly knowledge about Allaah ﷻ and the rulings concerning His verses and Names] than those who are debased in comparison to them [i.e the later generation kalamists]? How would these young [infantile] dabblers … Continue reading Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728 AH] on the later-generation who dabbled in Kalam [Theological Rhetoric] and professed to have a better understanding of the faith than the Earlier Salaf.