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  • The Purpose Of Imams In Islam

    Umer updated 3 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
  • Ahsan

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    For Sunnis there is no theological concept of of imamat. The only leader is Prophet Mohammad saw. Scholars especially those who helped gather Sunnah are generally called imams for reverence.

    For Shias, there is a theological concept of divinely appointed imams that people have to follow. There is no basis for it in the Quran and the Sunnah.

  • Ali Ashraf

    Member January 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    So for sunni the only imam is Prophet Mohammad saw. As you said imam helped to collect Hadith. How they did that? What were their sources? When did that started, can you please list the imams and their era as well as their work.

  • Ali Ashraf

    Member January 4, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for this link, but that doesn’t satisfy me. My question is still like why All these imams started doing this? And how do we know that these Hadith and sunnah have no errors in it?

    • Haris Virk

      Moderator January 4, 2021 at 1:08 pm

      The term ‘Imam’ is widely used to refer to recognized Islamic scholars and jurists. They are neither appointed by God nor free from mistakes. They are human beings who, after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (sws), started to study and interpret the Quran, Sunnah and Ahadees, deducing laws from them and formulating religious thought. They disagree with each other over several matters and agree on others. The most popular among these are four great scholars i.e., Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi, and Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal.

  • Ahsan

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Watch this video to understand Ghamidi sb point of view
    https://youtu.be/HCbELi7JBRc?t=83

  • Ahsan

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Also for Sunnah please refer to this thread

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  • $ohail T@hir

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Please see this as well

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  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Imam is not an islamic term, but a term used by Muslims to revere certain people for their religious contributions to the society. For example, muditheen, fuqha, scholars, and even some Quran translators / exegetists are often called imams.

    The Islamic shariah of preaching is very clear from the Quran. Please see the following for details:

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  • Umer

    Moderator January 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    How religious thought comes into being:

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    How to do reconstruction of religious thought without creating any division/sects:

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    Why do different sects have different sources to extract Islam from them:

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    How and When did sectarianism start in Muslims and how to counter that:

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    Is only Quran enough to understand Islam:

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