I only just got round to watching the video. I can see shaykh asrar's words in this and other recent lectures as a strategic shift in methodology. He is fencing himself inside the bastion of matters which are beyond dispute, incontrovertible, except for those who have already reached the point of no return. Seeing the situation in the west, I can appreciate where he is coming from. He wants to narrow down the debate to something more manageable and easier for the laity to grasp.Not because he himself lacks conviction or evidences but because the general populace is so gullible and easily swayed by whispers. There are tens of issues and the opponents use the furu'i issues to distract and divert attention away from the core ones. I think he is trying to shift the focus of online and offline debates to issues in which the opponents have little room for dissent. (see how bananaman cleverly sneaked 'ilm e ghaib into the list of furu'). I don't think he will start criticizing sunnis who do call their gatherings as mawlids or who recite the burdah instead of tala'al badru 'alayna. Although, personally I would never call salafis 'brothers', I agree with Moriarty that he is referring to the more innocuous of the lot who haven't gone over completely yet. He also asked that if we stuck to the sunnah would there be issues amongst muslims? The simple answer is yes, because some people's livelihoods depend on that. But may be he meant it rhetorically, that there should not be any issues. All in all, seeing UK's conditions, I think his statements were not too far off the mark. Whether his methodology will prove to be a game changer or not, only time will tell. And Allah ta'ala knows best.