It is maist commonly uised as the teetle o a worship leader o a mosque an Muslim community amang Sunni Muslims. In this context, imams mey lead Islamic worship services, serve as commonty leaders, an provide releegious guidance.
For Shi'a Muslims, the imam haes a mair central meanin an role in Islam throu the concept o imamah; the term is anerly applicable tae thae members o Ahl al-Bayt, the hoose o the Islamic prophet Muhammad, designatit as infallibles.
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- Corbin 1993, p. 30