Does evil character scar the Salafiyyah of the person?
As for it being from the angle of his belief, then no. He remains a Sunni. However there's no doubt from the aspect that he remains in a state of deficient Eemaan, there's no doubt about this. That's because the person doesn't commit Zinaa (illegal sexual intercourse) while he does it and he is a believer. He doesn't steal while he steals and he is a believer. The Hadeeth. That which is intended is that he doesn't exit with this from the creed of Ahlus Sunnah. The creed of Ahlus Sunnah does not cease from him, however he remains one deficient in faith. This is the meaning of our statement (and it is) that he remains a Sunni. This does not mean that he is complete in faith. No, he is deficient in faith. However the intent is that these actions and mistakes don't remove him from the (realm of the) Sunnah, meaning that it is not like the innovation of belief. Yes, his faith is deficient and these are the individuals whom our Salaf as-Saalih said that they are Fussaaq (criminals) of Ahlus-Sunnah. However they didn't expel them from the (realm of the) Sunnah and at the same time they didn't give him the (status of having) full integrity.
- Aqeedah and Minhaj