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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. 

  • Izz ad-Din Abd al-Qadar ibn Mustafa ibn Yusuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassam (1881 or 19 December 1882 – 20 November 1935) (Arabic: عز الدين بن عبد القادر بن مصطفى بن يوسف بن محمد القسام‎ / ALA-LC: ʿIzz ad-Dīn ibn Abd al-Qāder ibn Mustafa ibn Yūsuf ibn Muhammad al-Qassām) was a Syrian Muslim preacher, and a leader in the local struggles against British and French Mandatory rule in the Levant, and a militant opponent of Zionism in the 1920s and 1930s. Al-Qassam studied at Al-Azhar University in Egypt and afterward became an Islamic revivalist preacher in his hometown of Jableh in Syria during the last years of Ottoman rule. Following his return, he became an active supporter of the Libyan...  more
  • Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen

    Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn Muhammad ibn Sulayman ibn Abd Al Rahman Al Uthaymeen Al Tamimi (Arabic: أبو عبد الله محمد بن صالح بن محمد بن سليمان بن عبد الرحمن العثيمين التميمي) (March 9, 1925 – January 10, 2001) was a Salafi scholar of Saudi Arabia who has been called "a giant within conservative Salafi Islam"....  more
  • Abdal-Hamid Kishk (Arabic: عبد الحميد كشك‎; March 10, 1933 – December 6, 1996) was an Egyptian preacher, scholar of Islam, activist, and author. He was a graduate of the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo and was known for his humour, popular sermons, and for his outspoken stance against music, restrictions on polygamy, and injustice and oppression in the Muslim world....  more
  • Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad (Arabic: جعفر بن محمد الصادق‎‎; 700 or 702–765 C.E.), commonly known as Jafar al-Sadiq or simply as-Sadiq (The Truthful), was the sixth Shī'ah Imam, and a major figure in the Hanafi and Maliki schools of Sunni jurisprudence. He was a descendant of Ali on the side of his father, Muhammad al-Baqir, and of Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr on the maternal side of his family, Umm Farwah bint al-Qasim. Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr was raised by Ali, but was not his son. Ali used to say: "Muhammad Ibn Abu Bakr is my son but from Abu Bakr's lineage". Al-Sadiq is the 6th imam and recognized by all Shia sects as an Imam, and is revered in traditional Sunni Islam as a transmitter of Hadith,...  more