The Emergence of Salafism in the UK

In the name of Allāh, the Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation; may Allah extol the mention of our noble Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels, bless him and give him peace and security―and his family, his Companions and all those who follow him correctly until the establishment of the Hour.

Although the history of contemporary Salafism in the UK can be traced back to the late 1980s in one form or another, its emergence as a ‘revivalist sect’ was taken to new heights with the entry of Salafi Publications (SPubs) onto the religious landscape in the mid to late 1990s. Nearly thirty years on in 2022, Salafi Publications (Al-Maktabah As-Salafiyyah) has attracted tens of thousands of adherents to Salafism’s Creed and Methodology just in the UK alone, and become a ‘blueprint’ for a transnational network of similar organisations with devout followers (of the Salafi Methodology) in communities all over the (English-speaking) world. Arguably the first publishing house in the Western world to produce consistent authentic Islamic material in the English language, SPubs, which is based in the post-industrial and post-secular city of Birmingham (UK), has played a pivotal role in the renewal of orthodox Islam in the English-speaking world, North and South.

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  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته.

    May Allaah the Glorious and Majestic preserve you all upon goodness and raise you all in levels. Aameen

    I found out about Salafiyyah, and by the mercy of Allaah, I began to listen to your lectures. Allaah know the chaos I was in, but after the help of Allaah, I was then able to continue to strive through the constant reminders from SPUBS. Today, I still find myself after the graciousness of Allaah, holding on as you all constantly provide just the right reminders to help make the trials easy, and to be upon certainty and insight.

    May Allaah aid us and you all in being firm upon the truth sincerely until we meet Him.

    May Allaah love you all. Aameen

    جزاكم الله خيرا

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