31 Facts About Salafi


The Salafi movement aimed to achieve a renewal of Muslim life and had a major influence on many Muslim thinkers and movements across the Islamic world.

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In legal matters, Salafi Muslims are divided between those who, in the name of independent legal judgement, reject strict adherence to the four Sunni schools of law and those who remain faithful to them, namely, the Saudi scholars, who do not follow any specific madhhab.

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Salafi da'wa is a methodology, but it is not a madhhab in fiqh as is commonly misunderstood.

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The followers of Salafi school identify themselves as Ahlul Sunna wal Jama'ah and are known as Ahl al-Hadith.

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Salafi thought seeks the re-orientation of Fiqh away from Taqlid and directly back to the Prophet, his Companions and the Salaf.

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Salafi legalism is most often marked by its departure from the established rulings of the four Sunni madhahib, as well as frequently aligning with Zahirite views mentioned by Ibn Hazm in his legal compendium Al-Muhalla.

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Salafi movement emphasizes looking up to the era of the Salaf al-Salih; who were the early three generations of Muslims that succeeded Prophet Muhammad.

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The Salafi revivalists were inspired by the creedal doctrines of the medieval Syrian Hanbali theologian Ibn Taymiyya, who had strongly condemned philosophy and various features of Sufism as heretical.

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Salafi combined the theological ideas of Sufis and Mutakallimun like Razi in his reformist works.

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Salafi regularly corresponded with him and received an Ijazat from Siddiq Hasan Khan, and became the leader of the Salafi trend in Iraq.

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Salafi scholars gathered these works and indexed them in the archives of the Zahiriyya Library, one of the most prominent Islamic libraries of the 19th century.

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The Salafi turn against Ibn 'Arabi and Sufism would materialize a decade later, after the First World War, under the leadership of Rashid Rida.

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Salafi questioned the murid-murshid relationship in mysticism, as well as the Silsilas upon which Tariqah structures were built.

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Rida's revivalist efforts contributed to the construction of a collective imagined Salafi community operating globally, transcending national borders.

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Salafi reformers hailed the medieval theologian Ibn Taymiyyah as a paragon of Sunni orthodoxy and emphasized that his strict conception of Tawhid was an important part of the doctrine of the forefathers.

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The hardening of Salafi stance was best represented by Rashid Rida's disciple Muhammad Bahjat al Bitar who made robust criticisms of speculative theology, by compiling treatises that revived the creedal polemics of Ibn Taymiyya.

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Salafi-Activists have a long tradition of political activism in major Arab Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood and its various branches and affiliates.

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Jihadi Salafi groups include Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Al-Shabaab.

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All Salafi-Jihadists agree on the revolutionary overthrow of existing ruling order through armed Jihad; and its replacement with a Global Caliphate.

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Salafi started a reform movement in the remote, sparsely populated region of Najd.

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Salafi invited people to Tawhid and advocated purging of practices such as shrine and tomb visitation, which were widespread among Muslims.

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In Indian subcontinent, a number of Salafi streams exist including Ahl i Hadith and Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen.

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Salafi's father was a direct disciple of Shah 'Abd al Aziz.

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Salafi became profoundly influenced by the works Al-Shawkani; claiming frequent contacts with him via visions and in this way, an ijaza to transmit his works.

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Egyptian Salafi movement is one of the most influential branches of the Salafi movement which profoundly impacted religious currents across the Arab world, including the scholars of Saudi Arabia.

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In 2017 it was reported that Salafi doctrines are spreading among Malaysia's elite, and the traditional Islamic theology currently taught in Government schools is shifted to a Salafi view of theology derived from the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia.

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Salafi profoundly influenced other Salafi movements across the world such as the Ahl-i Hadith in the Indian subcontinent.

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Yet since the 1980s Salafi preachers trained in Saudi Arabia have been able to find a niche through publishing houses that have endeavoured to translate Arabic texts from the Saudi Salafi scene in an attempt to change the discursive landscape of Turkish Islam.

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Preachers who had studied at the Islamic University of Madinah, and applied the Salafi designation, established publishing houses and charity organizations.

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Ma Debao established a Salafi school, called the Sailaifengye, in Lanzhou and Linxia.

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Salafi means any reform movement that calls for resurrection of Islam by going back to its origin.

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