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What Is Salafi Islam?
“Salafi,” in its strict sense, means returning to the pristine Islam of the first generation (salaf, or pious ancestors) of Muslims. Like Wahhabis, Salafis idealize the period of Muhammad and his Companions as an uncorrupted time for the religious community. They believe that Islam declined after the early generations because un-Islamic innovations (bida) were introduced.
Therefore today there must be a return to the practices of the early generations and a purge of un-Islamic and foreign influences.
DATE LAST EDITED: 07-2019