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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.


n. 1 (context Islam uncountable English) pious adherence to the faith 2 (context Islam countable English) One who has the faith and is a mu'min (''believer'').

Iman (model)

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (, ; born 25 July 1955), mononymously known as Iman ("faith" in Arabic), is a Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her philanthropic work. She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.

Iman (concept)

Iman in Islamic theology denotes a believer's faith in the metaphysical aspects of Islam. However, Iman is different from faith in the sense that it should not be blind belief, and should be accompanied by reason. Its most simple definition is the belief in the six articles of faith, known as arkān al-īmān.

The term Iman has been delineated in both the Quran as well as the Hadith of Gabriel. According to the Quran, Iman must be accompanied by righteous deeds and the two together are necessary for entry into Paradise. In the Hadith of Gabriel, Iman in addition to Islam and Ihsan form the three dimensions of the Islamic religion.

There exists a debate both within and outside Islam on the link between faith and reason in religion, and the relative importance of either. Several scholars contend that faith and reason spring from the same source and hence must be harmonious.


Iman, Imaan, Eman, or Imman may refer to:

Iman (comics)

Imán , whose real name is Diego Irigoyen, is a fictional superhero from DC Comics who was created as part of the Planet DC annuals event. His first appearance is in Superman Annual (vol.) 2 #12 (August 2000). He was created by Oscar Pinto, Giovanni Barberi and F.G. Haghenbeck.

Usage examples of "iman".

Then, explaining the particular dogmas of Islamism, the Iman unfolded how the Koran, partaking of the divine nature, was uncreated and eternal, like its author: how it had been sent leaf by leaf, in twenty-four thousand nocturnal apparitions of the angel Gabriel: how the angel announced himself by a gentle knocking, which threw the prophet into a cold sweat: how in the vision of one night he had travelled over ninety heavens, riding on the beast Borack, half horse and half woman: how, endowed with the gift of miracles, he walked in the sunshine without a shadow, turned dry trees to green, filled wells and cisterns with water, and split in two the body of the moon: how, by divine command, Mahomet had propagated, sword in hand, the religion the most worthy of God by its sublimity, and the most proper for men by the simplicity of its practice.

Compare the Mamlouks of Egypt, the nobility of Europe, the Nairs of India, the Emirs of Arabia, the patricians of Rome, the Christian clergy, the Imans, the Bramins, the Bonzes, the Lamas, etc.

People crowded around him--the Imans, the Mullahs, the Muezins, did nothing but sing his praises.

The Emir, who regarded this diet as comformable to what might properly be expected of a prophet, did not press him further, but at once entered into the question he had at heart, saying how much it grieved him to be without a male heir, notwithstanding all the prayers offered up to that effect, and the flattering hopes which the Imans had given him.

Shadan, whose very stomach was turned by the odor of these unspeakable drugs, had all the trouble in the world to restrain himself from summoning the Imans, and doctors of the law, in order to oppose the impious rites now in contemplation.

Part of a large and modern government complex, the Istana Nurul Iman sat on a rise above the city.

Anyone who imaned that working on Russian roads meant repairing macadam surfaces or laying out new roads with earthmoving equipment, as would be done in the West, would have been very much mistaken.