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Who was the Imam before prophet Muhammed ( peace be upon him and his family )

Q:

We know that, according to Shia doctrine, prophet Muhammed ( pbuh ) was the Imam before Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib ( as. ) and Allah didn’t deprive any generation from an Imam. So, there must had been an Imam before prophet Muhammed ( pbuh ).

A:

Salaamun alaykum..
Imamat(as in the 12imams) started after Prophet Mohammad(saw).
According to shia doctrine, Allah has never deprived a generation of a hujjah(proof), not necessarily imam.
Before the Holy Prophet(saw), there were other prophets and their successors, always there to guide people.
So Allah never leaves this without a “hujjah”

Regards
Zahra Davdani.