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He advocated purging practices such as shrine and tomb visitation, which were widespread among Muslims.

'Abd al-Wahhab considered this practice to be idolatry, representative of impurities and inappropriate innovations in Islam.

They dismiss politics as "a diversion or even innovation that leads people away from Islam".

Taking its name from the controversial Saudi Arabian cleric Rabee al-Madkhali, the movement lost its support in Saudi Arabia proper when several members of the Permanent Committee (the country's clerical body) denounced Madkhali personally.

Activists are another strain of the global Salafi movement, but different from the Salafi jihadists in that they eschew violence and different from Salafi purists in that they engage in modern political processes.

Those generations included the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his companions (the Sahabah), their successors (the Tabi‘un), and the successors of the successors (the Taba Tabi‘in).Western observers and analysts, often incorrectly associate the movement with the jihadis who espouse violent attacks against those they deem to be enemies of Islam as a legitimate expression of Islam.Academics and historians have used the term "Salafism" to denote "a school of thought which surfaced in the second half of the 19th century as a reaction to the spread of European ideas" and "sought to expose the roots of modernity within Muslim civilization".He is also known as one of the most knowledgeable scholars of Islam for his exhaustive invitation to Tawhid(worshiping Allaah alone), which is the first and foremost condition to be considered a Muslim.Purists focus on education and missionary work to solidify the tawhid; activists focus on political reform and re-establishing a caliphate through the means of evolution, but not violence (sometimes called Salafist activism); and jihadists share similar political goals as the politicians, but engage in violent Jihad (sometimes called Salafi jihadism and/or Qutbism).

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