‘It is important for the Muslim youths to learn the origin and meanings of Muslim titles because that consolidates their understanding of the faith.
While addressing youths in Zanzibar, Sheik Abdulkalim Seyyid said that it is important for the Muslim religious leaders to rightfully educate the children the meanings of the key Muslim titles so that they in turn use them appropriately.
He said that the title of Mufti refers to an Islamic scholar who has the authority to issue legal opinions known as Fatwas. Seyyid said, ‘Muslim governments have officially appointed Mufti who works with government. In Non Muslim countries, Mufti leads Muslims in the country.’
He said that Amir means prince in Arabic and it is used as title for high-ranking and powerful official in the Muslim world.
‘Sheikh, he said, is an Arabic word used to designate elderly male members of a tribe deserving high respect. ‘A Sheikh also has the task of guiding and protecting a group of people, settling disputes, being a religious leader and helping to administer the law among his people.’ he added.
An Imam is a spiritual leader in a Muslim community who also leads congregations during Juma prayers and a Khalifa in Arabic refers to rules such as kings, sultans or state leaders.