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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
imam
noun
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▪ A just imam must follow the road already laid out which leads the community to happiness on earth and in the Beyond.
▪ But according to the ideal, the imam is just only because he is vulnerable and changeable.
▪ Passing over in silence what the people think of the imam is a priority in that writing of history.
▪ People tended to make way for you in bus queues when you were an imam.
▪ The imam still bore the mark of that experience in his gaunt frame and sallow, jaundiced complexion.
▪ The imams condemn them, but they stand firm.
▪ The Najadat were in agreement that in fact the people did not really need an imam.
▪ These two phenomena have given birth to a monstrosity: the all-powerful, unchallenged, unchallengeable media imam.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Imam

Imam \I*mam"\, Iman \I*man"\, Imaum \I*maum"\, n. [Ar. im[=a]m.]

  1. Among the Mohammedans, a minister or priest who performs the regular service of the mosque.

  2. A Mohammedan prince who, as a successor of Mohammed, unites in his person supreme spiritual and temporal power.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
imam

1610s, from Arabic, literally "leader; one who precedes," from amma "to go before, precede."

Wiktionary
imam

n. 1 A Shi'ite Muslim leader. 2 One who leads the salat prayers in a mosque.

WordNet
imam

n. (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 [syn: imaum]

Wikipedia
IMAM

IMAM (Industrie Meccaniche e Aeronautiche Meridionali) was an Italian aircraft manufacturer founded in 1923. In 1955 it merged into Aerfer.

Usage examples of "imam".

Should the Army of the Lord assign a lesser imam to take command of the 157th Defense Garrison, the command position Fakir had been filling for several months now, he could fully understand and accept it.

The jurisconsults were followed by the doctors of theology and law, or, as they were styled, Imams, or founders of the four orthodox sects.

Kutchum, placed upon the mountain, in the midst of his imams and his mollahs, invoked Mahomet for the salvation of his true believers.

Mashhad is one of the very holy cities of Persian Islam, because a highly revered martyr of olden time, the Imam Riza, is entombed in an ornate masjid there.

He might have been perfectly content to worship Quar, but the Imam needed an example for the remainder of the populace.

They go to the Imam with their needs now, and he handles them, dealing with Quar directly.

The Imam blessed the sword, prophesying that it would hang there to glorify the new order of Quar, whose reign would last until the sun, the moon, and the stars fell from the skies.

On the return to my homeland of the False Imam, piss be upon him, a voice visited me in the night, saying: Scribbler Nimrod!

Because the Sunni caliphs were cognizant of this hope, the Imams generally were persecuted during the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties.

Persecution of Shia Imams during the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates reinforced the need for taqiyah .

His speed and vigor commanded their obedience: he passed the Hellespont with a chosen guard: and at the distance of a mile from Adrianople, the viziers and emirs, the imams and cadhis, the soldiers and the people, fell prostrate before the new sultan.

The Malik, standing with the Imam by his side, looked from Grace to the Scouts and to the pair of his Afridi warriors who had escorted the small group into the square.

It is Ashura, the tenth day of Muhurram, according to a real-time clock still tuned to the pace of a different era: the one thousand, three hundred and fortieth anniversary of the martyrdom of the third Imam, the Sayyid ash-Shuhada.

It is Ashura, the tenth day of Muhurram, according to a real-time clock still tuned to the pace of a different era: the one thousand, three hundred and fortieth anniversary of the martyrdom of the Third Imam, the Sayyid ash-Shuhada.

Named for their founders, the Hanafi school of Imam Abu Hanifa, born in Kufa, Iraq about A.