Using “al-Salaf al-Salih (the righteous predecessors)” to Misunderstand and Misrepresent Islam

Variations of the term “salaf” have become very common in Islamic religious debates. They are often used by those who associate themselves with this term to claim to follow the proper and undistorted understanding of Islam of the first Muslim generations, while they are equally used by others to accuse those claimants of being too strict, backward looking, and closed-minded.… Read the rest