If you are Protestant, Catholic or Jewish in the United States, the search for a new pastor or priest or rabbi is a well-worn path. Not so for the growing number of Muslims in America.
The first American college for Muslim clergy just opened last year â€” there are no standards for imams, and the training imams receive overseas doesnâ€™t match many of the expectations here. The challenges of finding an appropriate imam are playing out across the country â€” like at the largest mosque in New England, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury.The Search For A New Imam
Lay members lead the congregation in prayer. Mosque leaders are searching for a full-time imam. Theyâ€™ve been looking for a year and a half.
â€œWe knew it would take a while,â€ said Bilaal Kaleem, president of the Muslim American Society of Boston and member of the imam search committee at the Roxbury mosque. â€œWe didnâ€™t think it would take this long. This is, you know, this is new ground.â€
New ground, Kaleem said, because Islam is relatively new in the U.S.
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