Follow, Help and Protect A Person Of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah – Imaam Barbaharee
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Barbahaaree (rahimahullaah) said: ‘Whoever realizes what the innovators have abandoned of the Sunnah and left behind and he clings to it, he is a person of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah. He should be followed, helped and protected. He is one of those whom the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) bequeathed that he should be looked after'
Sheikh Saaleh al Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] commented saying:
That is (in the saying of the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)]: ‘They are those upon that which I and my Companions are upon today.’ He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) advised that one should be with them, with this Jamaa’ah, with this company of people, with this group upon that which the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and his Companions were upon. However, this requires two affairs:
The First Affair Is: Knowledge; that we learn what the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and his Companions were upon. As for the ignorant one, he does not learn, whilst thinking that what the one in opposition is upon is what the Messenger was upon, when that is not the case.
The Second Affair Is: To be firm upon that which the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and his Companions were upon; because the one who traverses upon the sunnah will receive grief, trouble and intimidation from the people; but he must exercise patience and not turn away from the truth. He does not bargain (the truth) nor leaves anything of it; and for that reason it has been reported about the one who holds upon his Religion at the end of time, that he is like one holding onto a burning coal or prickles, due to what he will receive of hardship, grief and trouble from the people. So he requires patience.
Source: Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank (may Allaah grant him and his wife Jannatul Firdaws.. Aameen) [Explanation of the Creed]
 Source: [It-haaful Qaaree Bitta’liqaat Alaa Sharhis Sunnah Lil Imaam Barbahaaree, Vol2, page68-69. Trans by Salaficentre]