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also mul·la  (mŭl′ə, mo͝ol′ə)
n. Islam
1. A religious teacher or leader, especially in Shiite practice.
2. Used as a form of address for such a teacher.

[Urdu mullā, from Persian, from Arabic mawlā, master, friend, from waliya, to become near, be in charge; see wly in Semitic roots.]

mul′lah·ism n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mulla - a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of IslamMulla - a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque
ulama, ulema - the body of Mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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Headlined as "Capture of Mulla Baradar", a cable said that the Senior Civil Representative (SCR) of the United States in Afghanistan, Frank Ruggiero, met one-on-one with Wali Karzai on February 23, The News reported.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of prominent Iranian and foreign scholars convened in a conference here in Tehran on Saturday to commemorate Iran's highly revered Shiite philosopher and theologian Mulla Sadra, discuss his notions and ideas and study his works.
It is pertinent to mention here that the court had already restricted government from handing over Taliban leaders Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mulla Abdus Salam, Mulla Kabir, Mulla Muhammad and Amir Muaviya to any foreign country till its decision on the petition in which the petitioner Khalid Khawaja of Defence of Human Rights had submitted that these Taliban leaders were arrested from Pakistan by intelligence agencies and apprehended that they might be handed over to any foreign country.
Mulla points out that for all but 11 of the 54 years since its independence in 1956, Sudan has been engulfed in civil conflict but none of the culprits were brought to justice.
A SENIOR MP has criticised parliament chairman Ahmed Al Mulla for postponing yesterday's weekly session until tomorrow without following proper procedures.
The promotion of Tarek Saad to our partnership is another significant milestone in the growth of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla in the UAE as we advise and support our clients wherever they are in the world and whatever the volatility of the macroeconomic environment," said Dr Habib Al Mulla, chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.
Summary: Dr Mohammad Sharrif Al Mulla was known for his full-time dedication in treating patients at his pharmacy
Aside from seeking medical help, Dr Mulla said Ramadan activities such as family visits and prayers help keep an individual occupied and assist him or her to quit smoking.
As part of its efforts to help companies understand and comply with the new Commercial Companies Law, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a workshop in association with Baker&McKenzie Habib Al Mulla law firm, highlighting the notable changes introduced by the new law.
ATEICO General Manager Riaz Mulla welcomed the guests and invitees.
Mohammed Jameel Mulla paid a visit here today to the Saudi embassy in Tunisia.
capabilities By Nawab Khan BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- A number of Members of the European Parliament heaped praise on Kuwait's ambassador to Belgium, the EU and Luxembourg, Nabeela Al Mulla, who will be ending her tenure here soon, for her contribution in strengthening EU-Kuwait and also EU-GCC relations.