Below is a short response to the abovementioned pledge as well as a discussion of the term 'Sunni' and its validity, posted on www.newislamicdirections.com, subject to approval!
The term 'Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah' was used by the First Three Generations. See the first page of Imam at-Tahawi's creed text: 'This is an explanation of the creed of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah...' The Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said in a Sahih hadith, narrated by both Al-Bukhari and Muslim: 'The best generation is my generation, then those who come next, then those who come next.' If the best generations had no problem calling themselves Ahl us-Sunnah, i.e. Sunnis, then I don't see why those who adhere to doctrine and practice of the First Three generations, which is the Four Madhabs and the creedal disciplines of Imams Ahmad, Abu Hasan Al-Ash'ari and Abu Mansur Al-Maturidi, should shy away from calling themselves 'Sunnis'. It means to adhere to nothing other than the Sunnah of our Beloved Messenger and the way of the First Three Generations.
As for the Salafi movement, no pledge or signed document will change what the Imams of Ahl us-
Sunnah said about Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and his movement, including those who were contemporary to him and the generations just after, which is that Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab is an apostate and a false prophet and his movement is the revival of the Khawarij in our age. These Imams include, amongst others:
-Imam Sulayman ibn Abdul Wahhab (Hanbali Qadi, see his book As-Sawaiq Al-Ilahiyya)
- Imam Mustafa Ash-Shatti (Hanbali, see his book An-Nuqul Ash-Sha'riyyah, translated as The Divine Texts and available from www.htspub.com)
- Imam Alawi Al-Haddad (Shafi'i, see his book Misbah Al-Anaam)
- Imam Ahmad Dardir (Maliki)
- Imam As-Sawi (Maliki)
- Imam Ibn Abdideen (Hanafi)
Insha'Allah the writings of many of these authors on this topic will be available in English soon, and with Allah alone is every success!
P.S. I would like to further add that this is not a personal attack on any individual, but the objective, rather, is to discuss the facts of revelation and the facts of history. The Day of Judgement is real, and within Islam there is the true Orthodox faith and there are counterfeits. I desire to see all Muslims die on the truth and not any form of counterfeit Islam, and Salafiyyah is a very serious counterfeit.
p.p.s I've deleted most of the comments on this post, as of 14 May, and left that which is most beneficial. The discussion on iman and salvation is a response to a question that a brother posted.