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  1. Khalifa

    Khalifa or Khalifah is a name or title which means "successor", "deputy" or "steward". It most commonly refers to the leader of a Caliphate, but is also used as a title among various Islamic religious groups and orders. Khalifa is sometimes also pronounced as "kalifa". There were 4 khalifas after Prophet Mohammed died, beginning with Abu Bakr. This was a difficult decision for the people to make, for no one except Prophet Mohammed had ever thought with foresight about who would rule after he would die. The Khilaafat (or Caliphate) was then contested and gave rise to the eventual division of the Islamic Umma into two groups, the Sunni and the Shi'a who interpret the word, Khalifa in differently nuanced ways. The earliest Islamic uses include 'Khaleefa(ḥ)' in The Qur'an, 2:30, where Allah commands the angels to bow down to Adam which more clearly guides to the root Classical Arabic meaning of the word as "Vicegerent", or divinely connected representative of Allah in the human form as a mercy to mankind. See also how this meaning interacts with the word, Shirk (associating a partner or partners to Allah ) by (for example) bowing down to them (in this case, Adam) with reverence. "Vicegerent", therefore, is more at "divinely-guided spokesman" than "deputy" in this context and leads to the discovery of the role of Imam in Islam, from the Shi'i or Shi'a point of view where, it is claimed, the spiritual Khilaafat or designation of Khaleefa in this meaning of spiritual and temporal guide falls upon the first Imam, 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, "the favourite" (who received his mission from his cousin Muhammed himself but who also conceded the Khilaafat to the election and claim of the politically more powerful and more popular leader and his senior, Abu Bakr). In the Shi'i tradition, however, the dissolved claim to the Khilaafat by 'Ali thereafter crystallised into Imamat which continued with his descendants after him through appointment by nass, or designation).


  1. khalifa

    Khalifa refers to a title used in Islamic societies which signifies the leader or successor to the Prophet Muhammad. The khalifa is seen as the caliphate's political, religious, and spiritual head, responsible for governing the Muslim community and upholding Islamic law. The concept of khalifa originated after the death of Muhammad as a way to continue his legacy and maintain unity among Muslims.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Khalifa is ranked #24890 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Khalifa surname appeared 999 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Khalifa.

    53.9% or 539 total occurrences were White.
    26.3% or 263 total occurrences were Asian.
    14.4% or 144 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Khalifa in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Khalifa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Khalifa in a Sentence

  1. Kirsten Allen:

    In addition to honoring the memory and the legacy of Sheikh Khalifa, the Vice President will underscore the strength of the partnership between our countries and our desire to further deepen our ties in the coming months and years.

  2. Tarek Saqer Juroushi:

    The House of Representatives has appointed General Khalifa Belqasem Haftar as top military commander.

  3. Raj Parekh:

    Through his alleged leading role in translating, narrating, and advancing ISIS's online propaganda, Khalifa promoted the terrorist group, furthered its worldwide recruitment efforts, and expanded the reach of videos that glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate cruelty of ISIS.

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