Shaikh, Al-‘Allamah, Rabee’ Ibn Hādi (may Allāh preserve him) stated:
“Indeed the Salafis are not infallible, however, they are the People upon the Truth (Ahlul-Haq), they are Ahlus-Sunnah and they are the best of people in ‘Aqeedah, Manhaj, manners, etiquettes, and knowledge.”
(Majmū’ Kutub wa Rasā’il wa Fatāwa of Shaikh Rabee’, 10/115)
Al-Imām, Shaikh Al-Islām, Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) stated:
“So when the happiness in this world and the Hereafter depends upon following the Messengers (‘alaihimus-salām), then it is known that the most deserving of people are the most knowledgeable of them concerning the narrations of the Messengers (‘alaihimus-salām) — and for this reason, they are the closest in following them.
So the learned ones concerning the sayings and actions of the Messengers (‘alaihimus-salām), who follow them based upon this knowledge, then they are people of happiness in every time and every place.
And they are Saved Group from the people of every religion [of Scripture]. And they are Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Hadeeth among this Ummah. So they share with the rest of the Ummah the affairs related to the Revelation [in general]. But they have excellence over them due to what they have been distinguished with of knowledge which they inherited from the Messenger (salallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam), regarding which the rest [of the Ummah] are either ignorant or they deny [its truth].”
(Majmū’ Fatāwa Shaikh Al-Islām Ibn Taymiyyah, 4/26)