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List of Famous Imams

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List of famous imams, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top imams in the world? This includes the most prominent imams, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in celebrities who converted to Islam and our list of Muslim athletes. This list of notable imams is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic imams were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned imams.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Ruhollah Khomeini to Anwar al-Awlaki. Featuring Saudi imams, Sunni imams, American imams, and more, this list has it all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known imams to the lesser known imams of today, these are some of the best professionals in the imam field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous imams ever?" and "What are the names of famous imams?" then you're in the right place. 

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  • Musa al-Kadhim

    Mūsá ibn Ja‘far al-Kāzim (Arabic: موسى بن جعفر الكاظم‎), also called Abūl-Hasan, Abū Abd Allah, Abū Ibrāhīm, and al-Kāzim (the one who controls his anger), was the seventh Shiite Imam after his father Ja'far al-Sadiq. He is regarded by Sunnis as a renowned scholar, and was a contemporary of the Abbasid caliphs Al-Mansur, Al-Hadi, Al-Mahdi and Harun al-Rashid. He was imprisoned several times; finally dying in Baghdad in the Sindi ibn Shahak prison. Ali al-Ridha, the eighth Imām, and Fatemah Masume were among his children.... more on Wikipedia
  • Saad El Ghamidi

    Saad El Ghamidi is a Quran reciter, a scholar and an imam. He memorized the entire Quranic texts in 1990 when he was 22 years old. He is often noted for his acclaimed Tajweed.... more on Wikipedia
  • Feisal Abdul Rauf

    Feisal Abdul Rauf (Arabic: فيصل عبد الرؤوف‎, born 1948) is an American Sufi imam, author, and activist whose stated goal is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West. From 1983 to 2009, he served as Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a mosque in New York City. He has written three books on Islam and its place in contemporary Western society, including What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America, and founded two non-profit organizations whose stated missions are to enhance the discourse on Islam in society. He has condemned the 9/11 attacks as un-Islamic and called on the U.S. government to reduce the threat of terrorism by altering its Middle Eastern foreign policy. Author... more on Wikipedia
  • Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin (1937 – 22 March 2004) (Arabic: الشيخ أحمد إسماعيل حسن ياسين‎ ash-shaykh Aḥmad Ismāʻīl Ḥasan Yāsīn) was a Palestinian imam and politician. He was a founder of Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as the spiritual leader of the organization. Hamas gained approval in Palestinian society by establishing charitable bodies to fund hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services, but it has also claimed responsibility for a number of suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians, and was designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United... more on Wikipedia