Salafism is an ultra conservative fundamentalist reform movement within Sunni Islam. The term comes from the Arabic term "Salaf" - translating as ancestors - used for the earliest Muslims.
Salafists emulate the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers, they reject religious Innovation and support the implementation of sharia (Islamic law)." The smallest sub-group are the jihadists. Salafism is widespread in Saudi Arabia, but also a growing movement in Germany. This is an automatic compilation of all DW content on salafists.
Authorities have said a group of Salafists gave away a Muhammad biography in several German cities over the weekend. Germany recently banned the "True Religion" group who handed out a fundamentalist version of the Koran.
In a bid to prevent Islamist radicalization, German authorities are working more closely with Muslim congregations. But despite a tip-off from the Turkish-German Islamic Association (DITIB), cooperation remains fraught.