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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. 

Ruhollah Khomeini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Imams
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Ruhollah Moosavi Khomeini was an Iranian Mujtahid, revolutionary, politician, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the first Islamic government in the modern age and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the ...more

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Hassan al-Banna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Imams
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Sheikh Hassan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna known as Hassan al-Banna was a school teacher and imam, best known for founding the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the largest and most influential 20th century Muslim revivalist organizations. ...more

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Anwar al-Aulaqi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Imams
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Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and Yemeni imam and Islamic militant. US government officials said that he was a senior talent-recruiter and motivator who was involved in planning terrorist operations for the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, and he became the first United States citizen to be ...more

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Elijah Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Imams
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Elijah Muhammad was an African-American religious leader, who led the Nation of Islam from 1934 until his death in 1975. He was a mentor to Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, and his son, Warith Deen Mohammed. ...more

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