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Abu Bakr stops Meccan Mob.jpg
Abu Bakr (in dark red) was the first Khalifa (Caliph)
Pronunciation Arabic: [xaliːfa]
Language(s) Arabic
Meaning Successor, Steward
Region of origin Arabia
Other names
Alternative spelling Khalifah, Khaleefa, Khaleefah, Caliph
Variant form(s) Khalifeh (Persian), Halife (Turkish)

Khalifa or Khalifah is a name or title which means "successor", "deputy" or "steward". It most commonly refers to the leader of a Caliphate, but is also used as a title among various Islamic religious groups and orders. Khalifa is sometimes also pronounced as "kalifa". There were 4 khalifas after Mohammed died, beginning with Abu Bakr. This was a difficult decision for the people to make, for no one had ever thought about who would rule after Mohammed died.



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