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
Women have served as imams since the early 19th century in China, and now preach from the United States to South Africa.
A rabbi, an imam and a pastor walk into a meeting room.
A rabbi, a reverend and an imam have a plan for peace in middle America A group of clergymen embark on an initiative to build their houses of worship on the same property in Omaha, Nebraska, to spur interfaith dialogue and peace building.
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.
Farhad Ahmad, an imam at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center near the attack site, said Muslims in the neighborhood are living with more apprehension than ever before.
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.
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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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