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Not to be confused with Salafi movement.

Salaf (Arabic: سلف‎‎, "ancestors" or "predecessors"), also often referred to with the honorific expression of "al-salaf al-ṣāliḥ" (Arabic: السلف الصالح‎‎, "the pious predecessors") are often taken to be the first three generations of Muslims,[1] that is the generations of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and his companions (the Sahabah), their successors (the Tabi‘un), and the successors of the successors (the Tabi‘ al-Tabi‘in).

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