(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
A Shiite Muslim leader.
One who leads the salat prayers in a Mosque.
Origin: From امام.
alt. of Imaum
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
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
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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The numerical value of imam in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of imam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We knew he was a prominent Imam in the Boston Muslim community.
If I see any politician or a priest or an imam or a rabbi in the Paradise, I will give up believing in God!
Those who claim to be loyal to the Imam Khomeini should follow his order that the military must stay out of politics.
They killed 17 people, while seven people were injured. They went to Ba'ana Imam, a few kilometers (miles) away, and killed seven people.
Muharram is a Shi’a cultural observation marking the death of Imam Hussein, this year it falls between Tuesday October 13 and Thursday November 12.
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