Ahl al-Hadith (Arabic: أهل الحديث; The people of hadith) or (Aşḥāb al-ḥadīth; أصحاب الحديث), is a term that has been used to refer to many Islamic movements (both historical and modern) that emphasize the use of hadith in Islam. It refers to the adherent's belief that they are not bound by taqlid (as are Ahl al-Rai, literally "the people of rhetorical theology"), but consider themselves free to seek guidance in matters of religious faith and practices from the authentic hadith which, together with the Qur'an, are in their view the principal worthy guide for Muslims.
In the contemporary sense, it refers to a reformist movement. The term Ahl al-Hadith is often used interchangeably with the term Salafi, and proponents prefer to call themselves Salafis, although they are often called Wahhabis by their adversaries. In the Indian subcontinent, the followers of the Salafi movement are known as Ahl al-Hadith (or referred to as Ahle Hadith or Ahle Hadees).
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