Prime Minister Imran Khan and affluent religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel have been ranked among the top 50 most influential Muslims in the world.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan, in its annual publication of the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2019, ranked PM Khan at number 29 and Maulana sahab at number 40.
Other Pakistanis which feature on the list include Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, CEO Ary Network Salman Iqbal, Muniba Mazari, Abida Parveen, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr Umar Saif. Former PM Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazal ur Rahman have also made it to the list of top 500 influential Muslims.
Writing about PM Khan’s challenges, the publication said his “crackdown on corruption and bringing accountability to the forefront has fast made him a global name. He has already implemented cutbacks in extravagant government expenditure and is using his personal credibility to fundraise for a dam.”
The publication also gave a brief overview of his political journey, his cricketing days and about his philanthropic ventures including Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and NUML University.
“A Sporting Legend: Imran Khan played professional cricket for 22 years and is recognised as one of the game’s finest all-rounders. His ability to lead and unite an often disparate team, culminated in Pakistan winning the 1992 World Cup. It is this ability and success that many hope can be replicated in the political field,” read the publication.
About Maulana Tariq Jameel, the publication said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan topped the list followed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud (2), King of Jordan Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein (3), Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei (4) and King of Morocco His Majesty Amir al-Mu’minin (5).
Others on the list include Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, MP Sajid Javed and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Egyptian footballer Mohammed Salah and Islamic scholar, Dr Zakir Naik.