Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Imam - A word used in several senses. In general use
and lower-cased, it means the leader of congregational prayers;
as such it implies no ordination or special spiritual powers
beyond sufficient education to carry out this function. Imam
is also used figuratively by many Sunni Muslims to mean the
leader of the Islamic community.
The male prayer leader in a mosque." or "The Muslim worshiper
who leads the recitation of prayer when two or more worshipers
The spiritual leader of a Muslim community. He leads the
congregation in prayer and acts as an advisor and advocate
for and to the community. He is not a priest and has authority
by knowing the Qur'an and other sacred texts well.