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Salaf (Arabic: سلف‎, "ancestors" or "predecessors"), also often referred to with the honorific expression of "al-salaf al-ṣāliḥ" (السلف الصالح, "the pious predecessors") are often taken to be the first three generations of Muslims,[1] that is the generations of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions (the Sahabah), their successors (the Tabi‘un), and the successors of the successors (the Taba Tabi‘in).[2]

Second generation[edit]

The Tabi‘un, the successors of Sahabah.

Third generation[edit]

The Tabi‘ al-Tabi‘in, the successors of the Tabi‘un.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lacey, Robert (2009). Inside the Kingdom, Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. New York: Viking. p. 9.
  2. ^ "The Meaning of the Word "Salaf" – Abu 'Abdis-Salaam Hasan bin Qaasim ar-Raymee". 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  3. ^ Al bidaya wan Nahaya, Ibn Kathir