Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī:
Hold fast onto the rope of Allāh ﷻ, and [the thing] that will assist you and will be like the sun for you [in shedding light upon this path] is that you return to the understanding of the Pious Predecessors, and [their understanding] is widespread and available for you [in books, tapes and lessons of the scholars] – as I have previously mentioned to you.
And this is a challenge for whoever disputes this, we challenge the people of innovations and desires, [whether they are] people of innovations in beliefs, or people of political innovations, we say, “Between us and you is the Salaf, between us and you are the books [of the Salaf]”.
Imām Aḥmed used to say to the people of innovations, “Between us and you are the funeral prayers” and likewise we say this and we say, “Between us and you are the books [of the Salaf]” they are available [to read and purchase]. Allāh ﷻ said to his Messenger,
۞ قُلْ فَأْتُوا بِالتَّوْرَاةِ فَاتْلُوهَا إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ
‘Say [O Muḥammed], “Bring here the Torah and recite it, if you are truthful.” (Q 3:93)
So they [the Jews] would come with the Torah and it would expose them. As for these [innovators], we will bring the books of the Salaf, the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. We will bring the books of Al-Bukhārī, Muslim, Abū Dāwūd, Al-Tirmidhī, Al-Nisā’ī and what Aḥmad and other than him authored. We will bring these and [find out] who is upon their way and who threw it away and opposed them!