Definition of imam in English:

imam

Pronunciation /iˈmäm/ /ɪˈmɑm/

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noun

  • 1The person who leads prayers in a mosque.

    ‘On Fridays Muslims attend a service at a mosque in which an imam leads the prayer and usually gives a sermon.’
    • ‘Muezzins invoke a call to prayer, reminding everyone it is either time to pray or to call them to the mosque, and imams lead the prayers.’
    • ‘Among those who attended were several imams of mosques and teachers at Muslim madrasas.’
    • ‘So, at most madrasa graduates can aspire to become teachers in madrasas, imams in mosques or else open another madrasa of their own.’
    • ‘While there is a prayer leader, or imam, in the mosque, they are not a priest, simply a person who knows a great deal about Islam.’
    • ‘The bilal calls the faithful to prayer, and the imam leads them in prayer.’
    • ‘He was the son of the imam at the Mapiliyia Mosque and provincial Islamic cleric.’
    • ‘This is the view of most of the imams preaching in the mosques in the West.’
    • ‘A shortage of qualified imams means British mosques look abroad for clerics, often to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.’
    • ‘Thousands gathered to welcome the imam of the grand mosque in Makkah on his visit to Lancashire.’
    • ‘There are a number of traditional religious practitioners as well as Muslim imams, Catholic priests, and Protestant ministers.’
    • ‘The imams from 12 mosques are meeting this week to discuss calling for a vote for Respect.’
    • ‘He was walking with an imam who feared his mosque was under threat.’
    • ‘It would be mad for people just to run off to the local mosque and expect the imam to greet you with open arms.’
    • ‘In it the man or father functions as the imam in accordance with the patriarchal nature of Islam.’
    • ‘The imam is a prayer leader, the muezzin the caller to prayers in each community.’
    • ‘The men sat outside the house with the imam, who led the wedding prayers.’
    1. 1.1A title of various Muslim leaders, especially of one succeeding Muhammad as leader of Shiite Islam.
      • ‘Imam Khomeini’

Origin

From Arabic 'imām ‘leader’, from 'amma ‘lead the way’.