Following “traditional Islam” does not mean that we care about the past for the sake of the past. We only care about the past insofar as our Messenger ﷺ lived in the past and delivered the Message in the past. If that Message came 14 years ago instead of 1400 years ago, we would still be following “traditional Islam.”
Following “traditional Islam” does not mean that we care about traditions for the sake of traditions. We only care about traditions insofar as they represent the Sunnah of our Messenger ﷺ.
Following “traditional Islam” does not mean that we care about scholarship for the sake of scholarship. We only care about scholarship insofar as it conveys the deen.
1400 years of scholarship/isnad/transmission are merely the eyes by which we can see the light of revelation. Whereas many today stab themselves in the eye, foolishly believing they are freeing themselves to see more, “traditional Muslims” honor, respect, and cherish their eyes because they recognize that without them, they would be deprived of the true beauty and the true object of adoration, love, and devotion which the eyes behold.