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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.
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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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Samira Saeed Al Zaidi and Iman Mohammed Al Mulla are two such women.
FILE -- Filling up natural gas -- Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Geick CAIRO - 15 August 2019: Petroleum Minister Tareq el Mulla said preparations are underway for implementing an integrated work plan to expand the use of natural gas as vehicle fuel and encourage citizens to turn their cars into bi-fuel vehicles that are capable of running on two fuels (natural gas and gasoline) through offering payment facilities.
Sharjah: Sewa authorities are working to contain the leakage of water in Wasit road after a pipeline was cut, according to Engineer Essam Al Mulla, director of water management at Sewa.
It all went into meltdown as Mr Whippy, Mohammed Mulla, claimed he was overtaken and blocked off by Mr Creamy, Jahangir Rashid.
"I don't have rules, I only have lines," says Yasser Al Mulla, the man behind Qatar's record breaking grass and football pitches in stadiums and parks who now shows his duality as an artist with his first solo exhibition at Art 29 Gallery.
W Doha Hotel & Residences is hosting an art exhibition by the talented and passionate Qatari artist, Yasser al Mulla at ART29.
17 (BNA): Bader Hamed Al Mulla won Kuwait's parliamentary by-elections Saturday to represent the 2nd constituency, a senior judge said.
The philosophers are Mulla Mahdi Naraqi, Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i, Mulla 'Ali Nuri, Mulla Hadi Sabzawari, Aqa 'Ali Mudarris Tihrani, Aqa Muhammad Rida Qumsha'i, and Mirza Abu l-Hasan Jilwa.
Habib Al Mulla, Naqvi's lawyer and executive chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, said that it was surprising that Air Arabia issued the lawsuit while the talks were going forward amicably and there was no need for such an action against the London-based Naqvi.
Mohamed and Obaid Al Mulla, a family owned group trading in Dubai for 75 years, has announced a major restructuring at the first meeting of the new board that took place recently.
Naqvi is represented by Dr Habib Al Mulla, executive chairman at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, who argues that the cheques were provided as security for the loans.