Known as the ‘Young Imam’, Sabah Ahmedi is on a mission to change false narratives about Muslims through being relatable and making people laugh. Known as the ‘Young Imam’, Manchester born and bred Sabah Ahmedi decided at 17 that he wanted to dedicate his life to the service of Islam by becoming an imam. After training for seven years, Ahmedi has been an Imam for the past three years and has won awards for using social media to combat stereotypes and misconceptions about who an Imam is.
Fresh from a visit to New York to wrap up work on a project with the UN on combatting Islamist extremism, Ahmedi speaks to Reader’s Digest, and addresses Islamophobia, the representations of Muslims in the media and why he’s on a mission to change people’s opinions of Islam. An Imam is basically a priest, but a Muslim version. You’ve got it to keep it sweet, and not get too technical.