"Our teacher was an imam"

Sheik Fehmi Naji
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An Imam is an Islamic leader, often the head of a mosque and the community. Similar to a spiritual leader, the imam leads the prayers during Islamic gatherings. Typically, the community turns to the imam if they have a question of faith. In smaller communities, an imam could be the community leader. It is important to note that the position of the Imam is not clerical in Sunni-Islam.