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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Iqama Reply with quote

From Wikipedia

"Iqāmah is the maṣdar form of the fourth (causative) stem (stem 'af`ala) from the triliteral root Q-W-M, which relates to setting things up, carrying things out, existence, and assorted other meanings. The word iqāmah itself is multivalent, but its most common meaning outside the inauguration of prayer is in the context of immigration law, referring to a long-term visa for a foreign national. In some cases, as in Egypt, it is a stamp on the foreigner's passport; in others (as in Morocco and Saudi Arabia) it is a separate identity document in the form of a plastic card."

That of course is noit the primary meaning See Wikipedia for forther enlightenmenet.
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