Definitions for imamɪˈmɑm; ɪˈmɑm, ɪˈmɔm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•mamɪˈmɑm; ɪˈmɑm, ɪˈmɔm(n.)

also i•maum

  1. the officiating priest of a mosque.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  2. the title for a Muslim leader or chief.

    Category: Eastern Religions

  3. one of a succession of seven or twelve religious leaders, believed to be divinely inspired, of the Shi‘ites.

    Category: Eastern Religions

Origin of imam:

1605–15; < Ar imām leader, guide

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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

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.

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