The Imam in Islam

Hi everyone! I haven’t forgotten about migrating Think Free from its old domain to This is just a short piece that was next in line. Think Free originally took a dictionary form which I began writing around the time I graduated from the University of Ottawa. I had hoped to get Think Free published as a book but once Wikipedia took off, I felt it would be better to post it online. I wanted to make it different from Wikipedia by not trying to appear objective, which except perhaps with direct revelation, IMO is nearly impossible. In some articles like the following, however, I refrained from overtly interpreting. That does not make the following objective by any stretch of the imagination. What we include and omit is also a kind of bias known as “selection bias.” All scholars are guilty of this to some extent, although some posers will try to appear objective as if their analysis comes from God and not a mere human being. 

Imam Ali Mosque – Shrine of: 1st Shia Imam – Ali ibn Abi Talib; Prophet Adam; Prophet Nuh. (Najaf, Iraq)

In Islam, an Imam is the leader of a religious devotional ceremony held in a mosque. Unlike priests, Imams are not ordained. They may be any male from the community, providing they are deemed trustworthy and of high social status. Larger mosques, however, often retain a regular, paid Imam.

Historically, the Imam also refers to charismatic leaders of the Shi’ite group. The term can also signify a prominent community leader, equal in status to a caliph, and usually a theologian.

Related » Shi’ism


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