Definition of Salafi in English:

Salafi

Pronunciation /səˈläfē/ /səˈlɑfi/

nounSalafis

  • 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.’

Origin

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