I is for Imam

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. My theme for the month is A to Z of words in English with an Arabic origin.

You might have most often come across titles such as Imam and Shaykh when referring to Muslim Scholars. An Imam is a Muslim spiritual leader or the person who leads the prayer in congregation in a mosque or an honorific title applied to eminent doctors of Islam, such as the founders of the orthodox schools.


One of the unique aspects about Arabic is it’s well-ordered grammatical system and derivation based morphology of words. Read more here.

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0 Replies to “I is for Imam”

  1. You hear that word a lot living in Tehran. Every other holiday is dedicated to one Imam or another. Didn’t know it meant leader though so I am once again less ignorant than yesterday. Thank you Shahira

    1. In Tehran, it is a different sect of Islam called Shia. So the word Imam does have a slightly different meaning in their context. But the underlined meaning is ‘leader’

      Thank you for all these lovely comments.

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