All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:
Shaykh, Dr. Ahmad Bazmul, may Allah safeguard him, wrote:
Disinformation about Salafiyyah comes from one of the following reasons:
(1): From the enemies of the people of the truth, the people of falsehood, they spread disinformation about Salafiyyah due to their hatred for and war against the people of truth. They spread this disinformation even if it contains biased lies and rumors.
They also make oppressive accusations and create false statements about the people of truth; they couple this with far-fetched interpretations and explanations of occurrences according to their desires. All with the purpose of deception and diversion from the truth.
(2): [From people] holding things to be from the Salafi methodology that in actuality are not from it. The actions of individuals, and their mistakes, that the Salafi methodology do not condone, are not to be attributed to Salafiyyah. And whoever attributes the mistakes of indivduals to Salafiyyah is oppressive and a liar.
(3): From disbelievers, polytheists and atheists who try to paint a tarnished picture of Islam; however, [they should be fair and propagate that] Salafiyyah is what the Messenger of Allah, may exalt his mention and grant him safety, came with.
So, it is clear from what has preceded that the source of this disinformation is the people of innovation, desires and misguidance, especially the modern-day Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin) and Jama’ah al-Tabligh al-Ahbaab.1
(1) Taken from a lecture entitled: "Misunderstandings with Regard to the Salafi Manhaj"
Translated by Abu Adam Finch