Abdullah Nana, an imam at the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Calif., just north of San Francisco, has a distinct advantage over many of his fellow imams in the United States.

It's not fluency in Arabic or training in Islamic jurisprudence. It's his bachelor's degree in business.

American imams get asked about financial ethics more than any other topic, Nana said, yet he calls it the subject that they are least qualified to talk about with congregants.

Nana was part of an inaugural group of 100 imams to go through a three-day training program sponsored by the newly established American Islamic Finance Project.

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