Mumbai: Tariq Jameel, one of the most popular preachers of Tablighi Jamaat Pakistan, and Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, leading Islamic scholar and politician in India, have been included in the list of the world's 50 most influential Muslims.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan is publishing since last ten years its list "The Muslim 500" containing the names and profiles of the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims. In its 10th edition released Monday, a copy of which is with ummid.com, Mahmood Madani is ranked 32 whereas Tariq Jameel is ranked 40.
"Tariq Jameel is a prominent Deobandi scholar who is also one of the most popular preachers in Pakistan. He belongs to the Tablighi Jamaat group and his lectures focus on the subject of self-purification, avoidance of violence, observance of Allah’s orders and pursuing the way of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)", the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan, said in its introductory remarks.
"In addition to running a madrasa in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Maulana Tariq has delivered thousands of lectures around the world. He has been very effective in influencing all types of the community ranging from businessmen and landlords to ministers, actors, and sports celebrities", it added.
Introducing Mahmood Madani, the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre said, "Mahmood Madani, a leading Islamic scholar and politician in India, has gained influence for his forthright condemnations of terrorism and unfaltering support of the Indian Muslim community. He has been outspoken in his opposition to the misuse of the term jihad as a tool of terrorism in India."
"Madani represented the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the community of scholars from Deoband when he addressed the Pakistani government, and Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik in particular, in an open letter regarding the commissioner’s remarks at the UN Security Council about terrorism stemming from ‘Mullahs in Deoband’", the publication said.
On top of this list is Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan followed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and King Abdullah II of Jordan respectively on the 2nd and 3rd position. Erdogan was ranked 8th in 2016 and 2017, and 5th in 2018 whereas King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud continues to rank among top 03 Muslim leaders ever since he became King.
The other three in the list from the Indian sub-continent are Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan (Rank 29), Justice Mohammed Taqi Usmani (Rank 06) and Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab (Rank 14).
Others in the list of top 50 are King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Dr Ahmed Mohamamd Al-Tayyeb of Al Azhar, Sheikh Salman Al Ouda of Saudi Arabia, Sayyid Ali Hussein of Najaf Iraq, Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of Iran, Sultan Qaboos of Oman, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has also declared Malaysian Prime Minister and Prolific Leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Palestinian Protest Icon Ahed Tamimi have been respectively declared 'Man of The Year 2019' and 'Woman of The Year 2019'.
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