Imam

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An Imam (Arabic: إمام plural أئمة A'immah‎, Persian: امام) is an Islamic leadership position, often the worship leader of a mosque and the Muslim community. Similar to spiritual leaders, the Imam is the one who leads Islamic worship services. More often, the community turns to the mosque Imam if they have a religious question. In smaller communities, an Imam could also be the community leader.

The Sunni branch of Islam, whereto approximately 90% of Muslims adhere, does not have a clergy and therefore an Imam is not a cleric like that of a Christian priest. In the Shi'a branch of Islam, the concept of an Imam occupies a much more central religious position.

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Sunni Imams

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