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Not to be confused with Salafi movement.

A Salaf (Arabic: سلف‎‎, "ancestor") is an early Muslim from the first three generations[1] of proponents of Islam. The Salaf are the first few generations of Muslims, which included Muhammad's companions (the Sahabah) and the first generation (the Tabi‘un) and the second generation (the Tabi‘ al-Tabi‘in) of followers thereafter.

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]

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  1. ^ Lacey, Robert (2009). Inside the Kingdom, Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. New York: Viking. p. 9. 
  2. ^ Al bidaya wan Nahaya, Ibn Kathir