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Who is an Imam?

Who is an Imam?
The Imam is the successor of the Prophet and carries on
his work after him.
Who appoints the Imam?
The Prophet appoints the Imam according to the Divine
decree, and entrusts his work to him. The Imam continues
the leading and guiding of the people and clarifies for them
Allah's message and commands. The Imam is the leader of
the people and the guardian of religion.
The Imams call the people to worship of Allah and to
do good deeds and help others. The Imams were the enemies
of oppressors and opposed and strived against them. The
Imams worked hard to make the people aware of Allah and
to establish justice amongst themselves. If the people have no
leader and guide after the Prophet, how can they find the
right path of life?
The Imam is the leader and guide of the people and the
guardian of religion.