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Imran Khan declared ‘Man of the Year’ by Jordanian institute

AUGUST 23, 2020
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Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre named Prime Minister Imran Khan as its “Man of the Year” in its recent list of the most persuasive Muslims in the world.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran has also become the sixth most popular world leader on Twitter, boasting 10.5 million followers on the social media platform.

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an autonomous research entity with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan.

Imran Khan became Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2018 after 22 years devoted to building an opposition political party committed to reform; confronting Pakistan’s civilian political establishment over the issue of embedded corruption and mismanagement.

This and his other accomplishments are detailed in the biography that accompanies his ranking (Number 16) in this, the latest edition of The Muslim 500.

Woman of the year Rashida Tlaib, American Congresswoman (Democrat, Michigan) is this year’s Muslim 500 Woman of the Year. She is the first Palestinian-American woman and joint first Muslim woman (along with Ilhan Omar (Democrat, Minnesota) to be elected to the American Congress as member of the House of Representatives.

Talking about the prime minister’s later campaign for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, he wrote, “I also was touched when Khan launched a successful fund raising campaign to establish a hospital devoted to both the care of victims of cancer as well as research.”

 
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A Muslim leader who has led his country against nine years of NATO-created international terrorist action... He certainly deserves a place.

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I checked the full report (https://www.themuslim500.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheMuslim500-2020-low.pdf) and Bashar al-Assad is featured in the list of the remaining 450 Muslims of the Muslim 500. These 450 Muslims are not ranked as the Top 50 has been.

This is the description given for Bashar al-Assad (page 129):

Al-Assad, HE President Bashar
Al-Assad is the president of the Syrian Arab Republic. Since 2011, the civil war between the regime and an assortment of groups (mainly gathered under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army) has resulted in approximately 400,000 people being killed, six million displaced internally, and about five million having fled the country in a humanitarian crisis which is also having a destabilizing influence on neighbouring countries.

As you can read it is not positive.

Other references to Assad in the report are also not positive.

In the description of #24 of the top 50 Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud:
Saudi Arabia is also supporting the monarchy in Bahrain, and arming the anti-Assad forces in Syria (page 89).

In the description of #45 of the top 50 Sheikh Muqtada Sadr:
He has worked for Shia-Sunni unity, and in 2017 called for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to step down and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (page 101).

The Jordanian institute Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre is obviously not pro-Assad.
 

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I checked the full report (https://www.themuslim500.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TheMuslim500-2020-low.pdf) and Bashar al-Assad is featured in the list of the remaining 450 Muslims of the Muslim 500. These 450 Muslims are not ranked as the Top 50 has been.

This is the description given for Bashar al-Assad (page 129):

Al-Assad, HE President Bashar
Al-Assad is the president of the Syrian Arab Republic. Since 2011, the civil war between the regime and an assortment of groups (mainly gathered under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army) has resulted in approximately 400,000 people being killed, six million displaced internally, and about five million having fled the country in a humanitarian crisis which is also having a destabilizing influence on neighbouring countries.

As you can read it is not positive.

Other references to Assad in the report are also not positive.

In the description of #24 of the top 50 Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud:
Saudi Arabia is also supporting the monarchy in Bahrain, and arming the anti-Assad forces in Syria (page 89).

In the description of #45 of the top 50 Sheikh Muqtada Sadr:
He has worked for Shia-Sunni unity, and in 2017 called for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to step down and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (page 101).

The Jordanian institute Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre is obviously not pro-Assad.

Kudos sir, for making the effort of finding those references. :tup:

So as we can see, the ranking is "safe" as I said.
 

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@Jyotish, this reference is funny :
In the description of #45 of the top 50 Sheikh Muqtada Sadr:
He has worked for Shia-Sunni unity, and in 2017 called for Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to step down and met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (page 101).
Assad is the one actually working to keep peace between the various communities in Syria. His government and military has Muslims ( of all sects ) and Christians.
 

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That's exactly what these well funded organisations with glitzy gala receptions tend to do - waste everyone's time with horsecrap clickbait standard "lists" instead of actually resolving problems faced by Muslim people today.

It's an exercise in distraction for the masses. Hopefully Khan won't even acknowledge such rubbish.
 

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bharatis, hindustanis and indians discussing Muslim matters in the thread.

talk about hypocrisy

@El Sidd

Indian Muslims from the Top 50 Muslims:
28. Maulana Mahmood Madani (page 93)
Leader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India (32)

Among the remaining 450 Muslims from the Muslim 500, the Indian Muslims are:

Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani (page 108)
Administration of Religious Affairs
Country: India
Born: 14 Jan 1947 (age 72)
Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani is the current Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband in India. He was elected as Mohtamim on 23 July 2011 succeeding Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi. The Deoband Darul Uloom is where the Deobandi school was established and it is still the centre worldwide, having some 7,000 students. Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband in 1967 and was appointed as Member of Majlis Shura (Governing Body) of Darul Uloom in 1992.

Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik (page 109)
Preachers & Spiritual Guides
Country: India
Born: 18 Oct. 1965 (age 54)
Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is a popular preacher and comparative religion specialist in the mould of the legendary Ahmed Deedat. He hosts huge public events where he speaks on all aspects of Islam and answers questions from the audience. Naik challenges leaders of other faiths to public debates that are broadcast around the world on Peace TV—a satellite channel that he helped to found. He is also the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, which runs United Islamic Aid. In 2015, he was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Services to Islam. Since 2016 he has been resident in Malaysia, but been investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on incitement to terror and money laundering charges. India has requested extradition so he might stand trial on those charges.

Khan, Wahiduddin (page 120)
Wahiduddin Khan, founder of Centre for Peace and Spirituality, is an Islamic scholar who advocates peaceful coexistence, interfaith dialogue, and social harmony. He has authored over 200 books on Islam, prophetic wisdom, spirituality and coexistence in a multi-ethnic society. Many of his works expound on the Islamic position on modernity, secularism, democracy and freedom of speech. Khan’s English translation of the Quran is widely acknowledged as simple, clear and easy-to-read. Internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace, he has received, among others, the Demiurgus Peace International Award, Padma Bhushan and Sayyidina Imam Al-Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. Khan has launched Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Peace Foundation and Quran Foundation to make people aware of the true message of the Quran. He is also the co-founder of Goodword books, a popular publisher of books on Islam.

Nadvi, Rabey Hasani (page 121)
Nadvi is an Islamic scholar and a bilingual author of around 30 books in both Arabic and Urdu. His influence emanates from being the fourth president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Rector of Darul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, and a founding member of Rabita Aalam-e-Islami, Makkah Mukarramah. He is also the president of multiple Islamic centres and academies.

Nadwi, Bahauddeen Muhammed Jamaluddeen (page 121)
Dr Bahauddeen Muhammed Jamaluddeen Nadwi is the founding vice chancellor of Darul Huda Islamic University, Kerala, India. He has authored a number of books, treatises, edited volumes, and translations in Arabic, English and Malayalam. His recent work is the translation of Holy Quran into Malayalam. His works span Qur’anic sciences, Islamic jurisprudence, Hadith, education, Sufism, Comparative Religion, Arabic Language and Literature, and Islamic History. He is the Editor in Chief of an international Journal of Islamic studies, and a member of regional (Kerala), national, and international organizations. He has visited more than 40 countries and delivered a number of religious, academic and cultural lectures.

Farooq, Dr Mohammad Umar (page 130)
Dr Farooq inherited the 14th Mirwaiz (traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990 at the age of 17 after the assassination of his father. At the young age of 20 he became Chairman and Founder of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-freedom parties in Jammu & Kashmir. He has raised the Kashmiri problem at the UN, the EU parliament, and the IOC, advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realized.

Ahmad, Sheikh Aboobackar (page 137)
Sheikh Aboobackar Ahmad is the General Secretary of the All India Muslim Scholars Association, founder and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Markaz Saquafathi Sunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) in Kerala, Chief Patron of the Sunni Youth Society, and General Secretary, Jamiat Ulema (Kerala). He was awarded the Shaik Muhiyudheen Abdul Khadar Jeelani Award in 2009. In India and the Arab world, Aboobackar is often referred to by his epithet Abul Aytam (Father of Orphans) for his service of orphans and the destitute.

Al-Bukhari, Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleel (page 137)
Sayyid Ibraheemul Khaleel Al-Bukhari is the founder and chairman of Jamia Ma’din (Ma’din Academy), Kerala, India. It’s an umbrella body of various educational and charity ventures where 25,000 students are enrolled for different courses from primary to research level. He is an advisor to the International Interfaith Harmony Initiative, Malaysia; the vice president of the Muslim Educational Board of India, New Delhi; General Secretary of Kerala Muslim Jama’at, the apex body of Muslim community in the Kerala; the President of Sunni Management Association. He is also the Managing Editor of Armonia Journal (armoniajournal.com) and has penned 22 books in various languages. Since 1986, he has been leading the Annual Ramadan Prayer and Peace Conference, the largest Muslim gathering in India in the holy month of Ramadan, in which around half a million people take a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism.

Kandhalvi, Maulana Saad (new) (page 137 / 138)
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is the great-grandson of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, the founder of the Tabligh Jamat (TJ) missionary movement and the grandson of its second ameer. He is currently the head of the TJ centre in Nizamuddin, New Delhi, India. A recent falling out with other leaders has led to some clashes between rival followers and a fatwa issued by Deoband criticising Maulana Saad’s leadership has led to further ramifications worldwide including at Biswa Ijtema, Bangladesh, the second largest religious congregation of Muslims after Hajj.

Noorie, Maulana Shakir Ali (page 138)
Maulana Noorie is the President of Sunni Dawate Islami, a non-political religious organization in Mumbai, India. Under his leadership, through various religious events, including full-day congregations at state and national levels–the organization has succeeded in reviving Sunni Islam in India. In particular, the Annual Congregation is one of the largest Sunni Muslim assemblies held in India, attracting around 300,000 people annually into the heart of Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The mission has been growing yearly with thousands of members and volunteers across states joining the organization. Noorie has established schools that provide both modern and religious education, thereby providing a platform for a new generation of Muslim leaders in India.

Owaisi, MP Janab Asaduddin (page 138)
Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi is an eminent Indian parliamentarian, and has served as President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) since being elected in 2008. Under Owaisi’s stewardship, the party won seven assembly seats in both the 2009 and 2014 elections. In 2014, he was also elected to the 16th Lok Sabha (House of the People). An outspoken parliamentarian, Owaisi has been instrumental in persuading the Indian government to establish the Ministry of Minority Affairs to look after the welfare of religious minorities in India, including Muslims. He has over three million social media followers.

Ul Hassan, Maulana Zuhair (new) (page 138)
Maulana Zuhair Ul Hassan is a leader of the Tabligh Jamat (TJ) group. He was born and raised in Nizamuddin, New Delhi and completed his Islamic studies in Saharanpur. His late father Zubair Ul Hasan was one of three leaders appointed as members of the leadership council. Recently, the TJ has faced unprecedented divisions with Maulana Zuhair’s followers clashing with followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, over who leads the TJ.

Azmi, Hazrat Allama Maulana (page 144 / 145)
Qamaruzzaman Maulana Azmi is the Khalifa of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi’s son. He is a prolific speaker and, according to the Times of India, has millions of followers worldwide. At the age of 18 he established Al- 145 Jame-atul-Islamia, which is now recognized as one of India’s top Islamic universities. For over 50 years, he has been building organizations, institutions, mosques, colleges, and universities around the world.

Madani, Maulana Syed Arshad (page 145)
Madani is the President of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a group which strongly opposed the creation of a separate Muslim state of Pakistan. In 2006, Madani succeeded his brother, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, but since 2008, the group has been split into two factions. Maulana Arshad is also a noted scholar. He is a professor at the Dar Uloom, Deoband, as well as having served as Director of Studies there. He also supervises much social work and heads a number of Islamic seminaries and bodies and is an adviser to eight international Islamic schools.

Saifuddin, Syedna Mufaddal (page 145)
Saifuddin is the 53rd Dai Al-Mutlaq (Unrestricted Missionary) of the Dawoodi Bohras, a subgroup within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. He succeeded—but not without dispute—to the office after his father, Syed Mohammed Burhanuddin, passed away in 2014. In 2017, he inaugurated the 14-acre Nairobi campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, a Dawoodi Bohra institute of higher learning. Kenyan President Kenyatta awarded him the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart as a result. He also met Egyptian President El-Sisi in 2016 and donated 10 million EGP to the Long Live Egypt fund. He is the spiritual leader of 2-5 million people living in 100 countries.

Shuaib, Sheikh Dr Thaika Sheikh (page 145)
Dr Thaika Shuaib of Tamil Nadu is a polyglot Islamic scholar, spiritual guide, and author. He is the head of the Arusiyya branch of the Qadiri Sufi order. His 880-page research work, “Arabic, Arwi and Persian in Sarandib and Tamil Nadu”, sheds light on the cultural, political, social, spiritual, and educational activities and achievements of the Arwi Muslims of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu in their respective countries and abroad. In May 1994, he became the first Tamil Muslim to receive the National Award for Outstanding Arabic Scholar from the then-President of India, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma. In April 2016, the seventh President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, felicitated him for his services rendered to Islam and for his promotion of religious harmony.

Premji, Azim (page 151 / 152)
Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the Chairman of Wipro Limited, a leader in the software industry. He is currently the second wealthiest Indian (worth US $21 billion) as well as being the richest Indian Muslim. The Azim Premji Foundation supports programs that reach more than 2.5 million children. He made the country’s single-largest donation, transferring economic ownership of 34% of his shares in Wipro worth $7.5 billion to Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and Azim Premji Trust. In 2011, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India.

Qasmi, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal (page 152)
Maulana Badruddin Ajmal is a prominent Indian businessman who runs the Ajmal Group of Companies, which sells attar perfume, oils, and textiles. He is a proponent and member of various social service organizations and is also a scholar of Islam, having studied at the Darul Uloom Deoband. Qasmi is also a politician who founded the Assam United Democratic Front political party. He is noted for his contributions to charitable hospitals, orphanages, and educational institutions, including a women’s science college.

Khan, Dr Saniyasnain (page 158)
Dr Khan has been a prolific writer of children’s books. He established Goodword Books in 1999 and has published over 100 titles. His books focus on Islamic themes and have been translated into many languages. He is a regular contributor of articles in various newspapers and magazines as well as hosting a weekly TV show.

Azmi, Shabana (page 174)
Azmi has been described as one of India’s finest actresses of film, television, and theatre. She has been involved in over 120 movies, both in Hindi and foreign languages, many to international acclaim. During her extraordinary career, Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress five times and garnered several international honours. She has also received four Filmfare Awards. In addition to her successful career, Azmi is a social activist and supports issues such as women’s rights, child survival, and fighting AIDS and injustice in real life via the use of mainstream media. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for India by the United Nations Population Fund in 1998. She is also a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. She was conferred with an honorary doctorate by TERI University in 2014.

Khan, Aamir (page 175)
Aamir Khan is one of the leading stars of Bollywood. His phenomenal success has won him awards in India and acclaim abroad. His film Lagaan was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars while his venture Dhoom 3 was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. He is also a UNICEF brand ambassador, promoting child nutrition. He performed the Hajj in 2012.

Rahman, Allah Rakha (AR) (page 175)
Rahman is a prolific composer, record producer, and musician for the Indian film industry. In 2011, Time described him as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer. He is the first Indian to receive a Golden Globe Award and two Academy Awards for the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire, a movie for which he also received two Grammy Awards. He was named CNN IBN Indian of the Year for 2009. In 2004, Rahman was appointed the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a World Health Organization project. A street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada in November 2013. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.


I think I selected all Indian Muslims from the Muslim 500.
There were also Muslims of Indian descent / birth which I did not post here, such as the #1 Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani.
He is a Pakistani now, but was born in India.
So, Indian Muslims are well represented.
Therefore, no hypocrisy.
 

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From the Top 50 Muslims:
28. Maulana Mahmood Madani (page 93)
Leader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India (32)

Among the remaining 450:

Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani (page 108)
Administration of Religious Affairs
Country: India
Born: 14 Jan 1947 (age 72)
Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani is the current Mohtamim (Vice-Chancellor) of Darul Uloom Deoband in India. He was elected as Mohtamim on 23 July 2011 succeeding Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi. The Deoband Darul Uloom is where the Deobandi school was established and it is still the centre worldwide, having some 7,000 students. Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband in 1967 and was appointed as Member of Majlis Shura (Governing Body) of Darul Uloom in 1992.

Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik (page 109)
Preachers & Spiritual Guides
Country: India
Born: 18 Oct. 1965 (age 54)
Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is a popular preacher and comparative religion specialist in the mould of the legendary Ahmed Deedat. He hosts huge public events where he speaks on all aspects of Islam and answers questions from the audience. Naik challenges leaders of other faiths to public debates that are broadcast around the world on Peace TV—a satellite channel that he helped to found. He is also the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, which runs United Islamic Aid. In 2015, he was awarded the King Faisal International Prize for Services to Islam. Since 2016 he has been resident in Malaysia, but been investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on incitement to terror and money laundering charges. India has requested extradition so he might stand trial on those charges.

Khan, Wahiduddin (page 120)
Wahiduddin Khan, founder of Centre for Peace and Spirituality, is an Islamic scholar who advocates peaceful coexistence, interfaith dialogue, and social harmony. He has authored over 200 books on Islam, prophetic wisdom, spirituality and coexistence in a multi-ethnic society. Many of his works expound on the Islamic position on modernity, secularism, democracy and freedom of speech. Khan’s English translation of the Quran is widely acknowledged as simple, clear and easy-to-read. Internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace, he has received, among others, the Demiurgus Peace International Award, Padma Bhushan and Sayyidina Imam Al-Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies. Khan has launched Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Peace Foundation and Quran Foundation to make people aware of the true message of the Quran. He is also the co-founder of Goodword books, a popular publisher of books on Islam.

Nadvi, Rabey Hasani (page 121)
Nadvi is an Islamic scholar and a bilingual author of around 30 books in both Arabic and Urdu. His influence emanates from being the fourth president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Rector of Darul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, and a founding member of Rabita Aalam-e-Islami, Makkah Mukarramah. He is also the president of multiple Islamic centres and academies.

Nadwi, Bahauddeen Muhammed Jamaluddeen (page 121)
Dr Bahauddeen Muhammed Jamaluddeen Nadwi is the founding vice chancellor of Darul Huda Islamic University, Kerala, India. He has authored a number of books, treatises, edited volumes, and translations in Arabic, English and Malayalam. His recent work is the translation of Holy Quran into Malayalam. His works span Qur’anic sciences, Islamic jurisprudence, Hadith, education, Sufism, Comparative Religion, Arabic Language and Literature, and Islamic History. He is the Editor in Chief of an international Journal of Islamic studies, and a member of regional (Kerala), national, and international organizations. He has visited more than 40 countries and delivered a number of religious, academic and cultural lectures.

Farooq, Dr Mohammad Umar (page 130)
Dr Farooq inherited the 14th Mirwaiz (traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990 at the age of 17 after the assassination of his father. At the young age of 20 he became Chairman and Founder of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-freedom parties in Jammu & Kashmir. He has raised the Kashmiri problem at the UN, the EU parliament, and the IOC, advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realized.

Ahmad, Sheikh Aboobackar (page 137)
Sheikh Aboobackar Ahmad is the General Secretary of the All India Muslim Scholars Association, founder and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Markaz Saquafathi Sunniyya (Sunni Cultural Centre) in Kerala, Chief Patron of the Sunni Youth Society, and General Secretary, Jamiat Ulema (Kerala). He was awarded the Shaik Muhiyudheen Abdul Khadar Jeelani Award in 2009. In India and the Arab world, Aboobackar is often referred to by his epithet Abul Aytam (Father of Orphans) for his service of orphans and the destitute.

Al-Bukhari, Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleel (page 137)
Sayyid Ibraheemul Khaleel Al-Bukhari is the founder and chairman of Jamia Ma’din (Ma’din Academy), Kerala, India. It’s an umbrella body of various educational and charity ventures where 25,000 students are enrolled for different courses from primary to research level. He is an advisor to the International Interfaith Harmony Initiative, Malaysia; the vice president of the Muslim Educational Board of India, New Delhi; General Secretary of Kerala Muslim Jama’at, the apex body of Muslim community in the Kerala; the President of Sunni Management Association. He is also the Managing Editor of Armonia Journal (armoniajournal.com) and has penned 22 books in various languages. Since 1986, he has been leading the Annual Ramadan Prayer and Peace Conference, the largest Muslim gathering in India in the holy month of Ramadan, in which around half a million people take a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism.

Kandhalvi, Maulana Saad (new) (page 137 / 138)
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is the great-grandson of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, the founder of the Tabligh Jamat (TJ) missionary movement and the grandson of its second ameer. He is currently the head of the TJ centre in Nizamuddin, New Delhi, India. A recent falling out with other leaders has led to some clashes between rival followers and a fatwa issued by Deoband criticising Maulana Saad’s leadership has led to further ramifications worldwide including at Biswa Ijtema, Bangladesh, the second largest religious congregation of Muslims after Hajj.

Noorie, Maulana Shakir Ali (page 138)
Maulana Noorie is the President of Sunni Dawate Islami, a non-political religious organization in Mumbai, India. Under his leadership, through various religious events, including full-day congregations at state and national levels–the organization has succeeded in reviving Sunni Islam in India. In particular, the Annual Congregation is one of the largest Sunni Muslim assemblies held in India, attracting around 300,000 people annually into the heart of Mumbai, India’s financial capital. The mission has been growing yearly with thousands of members and volunteers across states joining the organization. Noorie has established schools that provide both modern and religious education, thereby providing a platform for a new generation of Muslim leaders in India.

Owaisi, MP Janab Asaduddin (page 138)
Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi is an eminent Indian parliamentarian, and has served as President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) since being elected in 2008. Under Owaisi’s stewardship, the party won seven assembly seats in both the 2009 and 2014 elections. In 2014, he was also elected to the 16th Lok Sabha (House of the People). An outspoken parliamentarian, Owaisi has been instrumental in persuading the Indian government to establish the Ministry of Minority Affairs to look after the welfare of religious minorities in India, including Muslims. He has over three million social media followers.

Ul Hassan, Maulana Zuhair (new) (page 138)
Maulana Zuhair Ul Hassan is a leader of the Tabligh Jamat (TJ) group. He was born and raised in Nizamuddin, New Delhi and completed his Islamic studies in Saharanpur. His late father Zubair Ul Hasan was one of three leaders appointed as members of the leadership council. Recently, the TJ has faced unprecedented divisions with Maulana Zuhair’s followers clashing with followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, over who leads the TJ.

Azmi, Hazrat Allama Maulana (page 144 / 145)
Qamaruzzaman Maulana Azmi is the Khalifa of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi’s son. He is a prolific speaker and, according to the Times of India, has millions of followers worldwide. At the age of 18 he established Al- 145 Jame-atul-Islamia, which is now recognized as one of India’s top Islamic universities. For over 50 years, he has been building organizations, institutions, mosques, colleges, and universities around the world.

Madani, Maulana Syed Arshad (page 145)
Madani is the President of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a group which strongly opposed the creation of a separate Muslim state of Pakistan. In 2006, Madani succeeded his brother, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, but since 2008, the group has been split into two factions. Maulana Arshad is also a noted scholar. He is a professor at the Dar Uloom, Deoband, as well as having served as Director of Studies there. He also supervises much social work and heads a number of Islamic seminaries and bodies and is an adviser to eight international Islamic schools.

Saifuddin, Syedna Mufaddal (page 145)
Saifuddin is the 53rd Dai Al-Mutlaq (Unrestricted Missionary) of the Dawoodi Bohras, a subgroup within the Mustaali, Ismaili Shia branch of Islam. He succeeded—but not without dispute—to the office after his father, Syed Mohammed Burhanuddin, passed away in 2014. In 2017, he inaugurated the 14-acre Nairobi campus of Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, a Dawoodi Bohra institute of higher learning. Kenyan President Kenyatta awarded him the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart as a result. He also met Egyptian President El-Sisi in 2016 and donated 10 million EGP to the Long Live Egypt fund. He is the spiritual leader of 2-5 million people living in 100 countries.

Shuaib, Sheikh Dr Thaika Sheikh (page 145)
Dr Thaika Shuaib of Tamil Nadu is a polyglot Islamic scholar, spiritual guide, and author. He is the head of the Arusiyya branch of the Qadiri Sufi order. His 880-page research work, “Arabic, Arwi and Persian in Sarandib and Tamil Nadu”, sheds light on the cultural, political, social, spiritual, and educational activities and achievements of the Arwi Muslims of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu in their respective countries and abroad. In May 1994, he became the first Tamil Muslim to receive the National Award for Outstanding Arabic Scholar from the then-President of India, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma. In April 2016, the seventh President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, felicitated him for his services rendered to Islam and for his promotion of religious harmony.

Premji, Azim (page 151 / 152)
Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the Chairman of Wipro Limited, a leader in the software industry. He is currently the second wealthiest Indian (worth US $21 billion) as well as being the richest Indian Muslim. The Azim Premji Foundation supports programs that reach more than 2.5 million children. He made the country’s single-largest donation, transferring economic ownership of 34% of his shares in Wipro worth $7.5 billion to Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and Azim Premji Trust. In 2011, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award by the Government of India.

Qasmi, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal (page 152)
Maulana Badruddin Ajmal is a prominent Indian businessman who runs the Ajmal Group of Companies, which sells attar perfume, oils, and textiles. He is a proponent and member of various social service organizations and is also a scholar of Islam, having studied at the Darul Uloom Deoband. Qasmi is also a politician who founded the Assam United Democratic Front political party. He is noted for his contributions to charitable hospitals, orphanages, and educational institutions, including a women’s science college.

Khan, Dr Saniyasnain (page 158)
Dr Khan has been a prolific writer of children’s books. He established Goodword Books in 1999 and has published over 100 titles. His books focus on Islamic themes and have been translated into many languages. He is a regular contributor of articles in various newspapers and magazines as well as hosting a weekly TV show.

Azmi, Shabana (page 174)
Azmi has been described as one of India’s finest actresses of film, television, and theatre. She has been involved in over 120 movies, both in Hindi and foreign languages, many to international acclaim. During her extraordinary career, Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress five times and garnered several international honours. She has also received four Filmfare Awards. In addition to her successful career, Azmi is a social activist and supports issues such as women’s rights, child survival, and fighting AIDS and injustice in real life via the use of mainstream media. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for India by the United Nations Population Fund in 1998. She is also a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. She was conferred with an honorary doctorate by TERI University in 2014.

Khan, Aamir (page 175)
Aamir Khan is one of the leading stars of Bollywood. His phenomenal success has won him awards in India and acclaim abroad. His film Lagaan was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars while his venture Dhoom 3 was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. He is also a UNICEF brand ambassador, promoting child nutrition. He performed the Hajj in 2012.

Rahman, Allah Rakha (AR) (page 175)
Rahman is a prolific composer, record producer, and musician for the Indian film industry. In 2011, Time described him as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer. He is the first Indian to receive a Golden Globe Award and two Academy Awards for the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire, a movie for which he also received two Grammy Awards. He was named CNN IBN Indian of the Year for 2009. In 2004, Rahman was appointed the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a World Health Organization project. A street was named in his honour in Markham, Ontario, Canada in November 2013. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.


I think I selected all Indian Muslims from the Muslim 500.
There were also Muslims of Indian descent / birth which I did not post here, such as the #1 Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani.
He is a Pakistani now, but was born in India.

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