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One tends to worship single mother (4)


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'one tends to worship' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.

'single mother' is the wordplay.
'single' becomes 'I' (I as in one).
'mother' becomes 'mam' (informal term for mother).

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(Other definitions for imam that I've seen before include "Strict religious leader" , "Person leading devotions in a mosque" , "Muslim cleric" , "Moslem prayer leader" , "Man who leads prayers in a mosque" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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