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Mullah vs. Imam — What's the Difference?

Mullah vs. Imam — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Mullah and Imam

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Mullah

Mullah (; Persian: ملا‎) is derived from the Arabic word mawlā, meaning "vicar", "master" and "guardian". However, since this word is used ambiguously in the Quran, some publishers have described its usage as a religious title as inappropriate.

Imam

Imam (; Arabic: إمام‎ imām; plural: أئمة aʼimmah) is an Islamic leadership position. It is most commonly used as the title of a worship leader of a mosque and Muslim community among Sunni Muslims.

Mullah

A Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law
Mullah Nasir-ud-Din

Imam

In law and theology, the caliph who is successor to Muhammad as the lawful temporal leader of the Islamic community.

Mullah

A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
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Imam

The male prayer leader in a mosque.

Mullah

Used as a form of address for such a teacher.

Imam

The Muslim worshiper who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers are present.

Mullah

(Islam) A religious scholar and teacher of sharia law.

Imam

In Twelver Shia belief, any of 12 descendants of Muhammad regarded as divinely appointed spiritual and temporal leaders.

Mullah

A conservative Muslim leader or cleric, especially one who is hostile against other religions.

Imam

A ruler claiming descent from Muhammad and exercising authority in an Islamic state.

Mullah

A Muslim.

Imam

Any of the founders of the four schools of law and theology.

Mullah

See Mollah.

Imam

An authoritative scholar who founds a school of law or theology.

Mullah

A Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque

Imam

Used as a title for an imam.

Imam

One who leads the salat prayers in a mosque.

Imam

(usually capitalized) A Shi'ite Muslim leader descended from the prophet Muhammad and functioning as his spiritual successor.

Imam

One of the Twelve imams, descendants of Muhammad from the seventh to ninth centuries {{CE}} who lived exemplary lives.

Imam

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

Imam

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

Imam

(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

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