Is there a "Father" (priest) in other religions?

@oyenkai (4399)
Philippines
September 13, 2008 8:08am CST
I know that religions have their own versions of priests. A while ago we attended a party and for the opening prayer they called for a Reverend Father somebody. However, he didn't use the sign of the cross and he didn't pray conventionally (not Christian). I figured that a lot of the visitors weren't Catholics so he might not be a Christian also. Are there other religions that call their priests as "father"?
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
14 Sep 08
There is no Priest or Father in Islam. Everything is equal to all kind of people, no special group like father, priest, non, mother, etc. We used to have a leader to lead prayer or give Friday speech., it can be anyone who is devout and having a good knowledge of Islam. We call only our biological Father as 'Father', neither priest nor God is called 'Father'.
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@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Don't Islams have Imam?
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
15 Sep 08
Imam (is Arabic) means "Leader" Imam is nothing but a common man, anyone who is knowledgeable can be an Imam. Imam may be in several aspects. The leader of a prayer: It can be any Muslim who have knowledge and who is devout. Imam of society: If there exists an Islamic government, there may have Imam, which will be like a political Islamic leader. Imam of a group of people: There may have some Imams to a group of people depends on the place. However the Imam, in general is just a leader, who have knowledge and leading skills. He has nothing specific ability like a Father, no he got no special connection with God. He can live like anyone, he is just a common Muslim as everyone.
@oyenkai (4399)
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
That was very informative. Thank you very much! But is he really "just a common man"? The cross word puzzles always describe him as the VIP in Mosque or something similar. Based on the context of our faith, the VIP is the priest - because the mass won't start without him LOL
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
15 Sep 08
I don't think that the term priest or father is used only in the Christian sense. In Islam the term Imam refers to a muslim who leads other muslims in prayer on Friday. In Judaism the term Rabbi refers to a teachers who is educated in Jewish Law and tradition and is able to teach his community. A hindu pries is called a Brahma.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Sep 08
In Hinduism, they are simply priests. But they are definitely fatherly figures and are treated in high regards. So in that sense they are fathers. :) But, hinduism more of less looks at them as teachers rather than fathers in some sense. As priests are there to preach the way of the God... Cheers! Ram
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