Definition of Salafi in US English:

Salafi

nounPlural Salafis

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

    • ‘The second tendency is represented by the Salafis, a global movement driven by a desire for religious purification.’
    • ‘Most are peaceful, but some Salafis have turned radical and take up arms, just as there were violent Lutheran peasant rebellions in early modern Europe.’
    • ‘Sufis are typically more peaceful and less rigid than Salafis or Wahhabis, though there are militantly anti-Western Sufi leaders, as well.’
    • ‘Militant Salafis object to Muslims shaving their beards.’
    • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

Salafi

/səˈläfē//səˈlɑfi/