What is Salafism?

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.

Caption above: Books taught at the Salafi Masjid, Small Heath, Birmingham each week in 2021-2022. These Arabic books are taught in English for the benefit of the listeners in the Mosque and those who tune-in live online (on radiosalafi.com). Then these lessons are archived as sound files on salafisounds.com for people to refer back to at any time.

Analysis of the modern-day Salafi ‘movement’ has, in Western academia, resulted in a radical reformulation of Salafism’s definition and the ideas surrounding its origins in the history of Islamic thought. This is because until recently, it was erroneously believed that Salafism emerged from the work of major reformist figures such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani (d. 1897), Muḥammad ʿAbduh (d. 1905) and Rashid Rida (d. 1935), who, in an effort to modernise the Muslim world, used an approach that was heavily influenced by ideas from the European Enlightenment.

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