glossary of terms


A Sunni Muslim movement placing importance on literal interpretations of the Qu'ran. The Salaf cover three generations: the Prophet Mohammad's Companions, the successors to the Companions (the Tabiun), and the generation that came after the successors (the Taba 'at-Tabiin). Salafism believes that these first three generations have the most correct interpretation of Muslim text, and the authority of of the Salaf should be extended into contemporary society.