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Imam Ali made his first appearance on 27 July 2009. He is portrayed by Emilio Doorgasingh.


Imam Ali is the imam at the Masoods' mosque.


On 27 July 2009, he speaks to Syed Masood and Amira Shah about their wedding.

On 29 September 2009, Syed confides in him that he has feelings for another man, Christian Clarke.

He performs Syed and Amira's wedding ceremony on 1 January 2010.

On 20 April 2010, Syed's father Masood Ahmed talks to him about Syed's sexuality. Ali tells Masood the family will be shunned by the community if it comes out.

On 13 May 2010, he overhears Nadim Abbasi tell Syed he should find another mosque so he tells Masood and his wife Zainab Masood that Syed will always be welcome at his mosque.

On 12 May 2011, Zainab contacts him and they meet, and she talks about a "friend" who feels her husband has changed. Ali knows she means herself and says that she and Masood have been married for 28 years so it will not always feel the same.

In 2013, there is a new imam, also called Imam Ali.

The original Imam Ali returns in 2015, to attend the engagement party of Shabnam Masood and Kush Kazemi. He attends a charity event for homeless people held at the community centre.

On 6 November 2015, he marries Shabnam and Kush.

On 6 February 2020, he hosts Bobby Beale's conversion to muslim ceremony.

List of appearances[]


  1. 27 July 2009
  2. 29 September 2009


  1. 1 January 2010 - Part 1
  2. 1 January 2010 - Part 2
  3. 16 April 2010
  4. 20 April 2010
  5. 13 May 2010


  1. 12 May 2011


  1. 15 June 2015
  2. 16 June 2015
  3. 25 June 2015
  4. 26 June 2015
  5. 6 November 2015


  1. 6 February 2020