In the beginning, Salafi Islam is non-political ideology. But it’s morphed into a political and religious ideology adopted by Islamists. The Jihadis are obsessed with a confrontation with the West. But Al-Qaeda represents a thoughtful, planned approach while ISIS wants that fight, right now.

What is Salafism?

Salafis are fundamentalists. They want to return to the original ways of Islam. ‘Salafi’ comes from Arabic, ‘as-salaf as-saliheen.’ A phrase that refers to the first three generations of Muslims (starting with the Companions of the Prophet), known as the Pious Predecessors.

What do Salafis believe?