Question: Is it allowed for us to say: if you see a man love Ibn Baz, Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen rahimahumullah, and other than them from the people of knowledge then he is a Companion of Sunnah? And if you see a man love Tayjaani, Qaadiani, other than them from the people of misguidance, then know that he is a Companion of desires and innovation?
Answer: “Yes, it is allowed to say this. So loving the people of Imaan is Imaan and religion. Loving the people of innovation, disbelief, hypocrisy,and transgression is transgression and hypocrisy. This is a general principle. So like this the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
حب الأنصار إيمان، وبغض الأنصار كفر ونفاق
Love for the Ansar is a sign of faith and hatred for the Ansar is a sign of hypocrisy
[Bukhari no. 17]
So the intent is the Ansar supported the Messenger (ﷺ). Likewise, the supporters after the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them). Everyone who supports the religion of Allah, Islam, and calls to Islam and spreads Islam, then loving them is from Imaan and hating him is from hypocrisy and disbelief. Everyone who loves the people of innovation and the people of wickedness, then that indicates the hypocrisy in his heart”.
[Sharh Kitab as-Sunnah al-Barbahari no. 15]
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan