Definition of imam
1 : the prayer leader of a mosque
2 : a Muslim leader of the line of Ali held by Shiites to be the divinely appointed, sinless, infallible successors of Muhammad
3 : any of various rulers that claim descent from Muhammad and exercise spiritual and temporal leadership over a Muslim region
Recent Examples of imam from the Web
A rabbi, an imam and a pastor walk into a meeting room.
There was mushroom and tarragon soup for starters, but also the Turkish eggplant dish imam bayildi served with baba ghanoush and fresh goat’s curd.
The case was brought by the state of Hawaii, which argued that the ban could harm its higher-education system by blocking potential foreign students from applying, and by Ismail Elshikh, the imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii.
The memorial service is scheduled to include a poem read by relatives of Pulse victims Amanda Alvear and Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz and prayers from a minister, an imam, a priest and a rabbi.
The descendants of Sheikh Mohammed bin Abd al-Wahhab, the 18th century imam whose ascetic brand of Islam dominates Saudi Arabia, have demanded that Qatar remove his name from its biggest mosque, which opened in 2011.
Muhammad A. Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Center, said Saturday.
Relatives had alerted authorities that Abedi, 22, was flirting with extremist ideologies and had been involved in a fracas at a mosque after the imam there denounced terrorism.
If somebody is an imam in a mosque that is preaching hate and violence, they get dismissed.
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Origin and Etymology of imam
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Definition of imam for English Language Learners
: a Muslim religious leader
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