What does imam mean?

Definitions for imamɪˈmɑm; ɪˈmɑm, ɪˈmɔm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word imam.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imam, imaum(noun)

    (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide


  1. imam(Noun)

    A Shiite Muslim leader.

  2. imam(Noun)

    One who leads the salat prayers in a Mosque.

  3. Origin: From امام.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imam(noun)

    alt. of Imaum


  1. Imam

    An imam is an Islamic leadership position. It is most commonly in the context of a worship leader of a mosque and Muslim community by Sunni Muslims only. In this context, Imams may lead Islamic worship services, serve as community leaders, and provide religious guidance. It may also be used in the form of a prefix title with scholars of renown.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Imâm

    i-mam′, Imaum, i-mawm′, n. the officer who in Mohammedan mosques recites the prayers and leads the devotions of the faithful—in Turkey also superintending circumcisions, marriages, and funerals. [Ar. imām, chief.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Imâm

    is the title of the officer who leads the devotions in Mohammedan mosques, and in Turkey conducts marriage and funeral services, as well as performs the ceremonies connected with circumcision; the office was filled and the title borne by Mahomet, hence it sometimes signifies head of the faith, and is so applied to the Sultan of Turkey; good Mohammedans believe in the future advent of an Imâm—the hidden Imâm—who shall be greater than the Prophet himself.

Anagrams for imam »

  1. I'mma

  2. maim

  3. Imma


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of imam in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of imam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ilya Feoktistov:

    We knew he was a prominent Imam in the Boston Muslim community.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If I see any politician or a priest or an imam or a rabbi in the Paradise, I will give up believing in God!

  3. Usman Buka:

    They killed 17 people, while seven people were injured. They went to Ba'ana Imam, a few kilometers (miles) away, and killed seven people.

  4. Eric Pelletier:

    Drugeon was radicalized over a period of several years. A local imam played a key role. He was part of group of about a half dozen Salafi Muslims in the town.

  5. Sayed Sarwar Hussaini:

    The Taliban have made some gains in Imam Saheb where we had fewer checkpoints. Now, we have a defensive line where we can prevent the Taliban from moving forward.

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