Hello, I wanted to ask you, native English people, what do you call a Muslim priest? They wear like this.
I don't think imams and mullas are what you'd normally call priests. They're closer to Protestant pastors I believe.
Right, I should have given a better word. "Cleric" is used.
It seems to me that atabitaraf's 'muslim priest' is what many non-muslims might use in such a question.
If a member wrote, "An imam is a muslim priest", then you would be justified in correcting that statement. charlie's response, post #2 needed correction.
However, as charliedeut and I have suggested, the OP's "I wanted to ask you, native English people, what do you call a Muslim priest?" is a reasonable question for a non-muslim to ask. If charlie had worded his response as I suggest below, then there would have been no problem:
"Imam is the name given to the closest muslim equivalent to priests."
Thank you all, but you see a Muslim priest in this shape, what do you call him?
I am from Iran and it's clear nearly everyone here (98%) is Muslim as am I
Imam is used for great religious leaders as you can call Imam Khomeini, the great leader during the Revolution against the last deposed dictator.
Mullah or mollah are good words but here have a negative potential we use it when we want to criticize them or for fun! Please be careful they may get hurt hearing Mullah!
Ayatollah is another word I expected at the beginning but I didn't want to make a preview affecting your own opinion. But it is used for great religious leaders below Imam.
My question is that in political essays what do you call a common religious leader in this shape?