Islamic concepts

Imām — Muslim leader

إمام أئمة
noun singular plural
romanization imām aʾimmah
pronunciation ˈɪmææm

Generally speaking, an Imām is a leader.

One who leads the prayer session

Community leader

Members of the Muslim community may turn to the Imām for counselling, to perform a marriage, etc.

Infallible Shīʿah leader

Related concepts

  • Shaykh — an elder, master, expert
  • Īmān — an unrelated (but similar sounding word) meaning belief, conviction