Direct translation: Leader.
In Sunni Islam, Imāms are the leaders of the Muslim community who lead prayers, provide guidance and help run communities.
In the Shi’An abbreviation for ‘After Hijrah.’ Used in English to denote the current era of the Islamic lunar calendar. This era began with the Prophet’s and early Muslims' migration from Mecca to Medina (the event was... faith, the Imāms are the infallible, divinely appointed leaders of the Ummah after Prophet Muhammad An abbreviation for the Arabic ‘Ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa Āle hi wa-sallam’, which translates to: ‘Peace and blessings be upon him and his family - it is written after the name of Prophet Muḥammad (ṣ)... through his progeny. They are meant to be perfect examples and leaders in all aspects of life, free from committing any sin. There are 12 Imams in the Shi’ah faith, and we are currently living in the time of the 12th Imam’s occultation.