Ok, I just looked up what an Imam is<quoted text>
He is imam Mahdi.
So why is this a big deal? Hundreds of people turn atheist everyday, and from what I understand, Christians convert hundreds of African at a time, all of the time, although I could be wrong about that. So why is this a big deal? They convert and everybody moves on. It happens all of the time. People are switching religions or becoming atheists all of the time.