Salaf (Arabic: سلف‎, "ancestors" or "predecessors"), also often referred to with the honorific expression of "al-salaf al-ṣāliḥ" (السلف الصالح, "the pious predecessors") are often taken to be the first three generations of Muslims.[1] The first generation of Muslims is considered to be the companions of Muhammad, and are known as the Sahabah. The second generation of Muslims are called the Tabi‘un. The third generation of Muslims are called the Taba Tabi‘in.[2]

Second generationEdit

The Tabi‘un, the successors of Sahabah.

Third generationEdit

The Tabi‘ al-Tabi‘in, the successors of the Tabi‘un.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lacey, Robert (2009). Inside the Kingdom, Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. New York: Viking. p. 9.
  2. ^ "The Meaning of the Word "Salaf" – Abu 'Abdis-Salaam Hasan bin Qaasim ar-Raymee". 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  3. ^ Al bidaya wan Nahaya, Ibn Kathir