Definition of Salafi in English:


Pronunciation /səˈläfē/ /səˈlɑfi/


  • A member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect advocating a return to the early Islam of the Koran and Sunna.

    ‘Militant Salafis object to Muslims shaving their beards.’
    • ‘The second tendency is represented by the Salafis, a global movement driven by a desire for religious purification.’
    • ‘But on the ground, their own sectarianism and fanatical puritanism often lead the Salafi to reject or alienate those who might otherwise be their allies.’


Arabic, from salaf ‘predecessor’, ‘forebear’.