Religious scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani has been named among 500 Influential Muslims 2023, an annual list issued by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.
Other Pakistanis sharing the list are Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and CEO of ARY Digital Network Salman Iqbal. Another religious scholar Tariq Jameel is also included in the list.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai is consistently making to the list. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman and Siraj-ul-Haq are also part of the list.
The list also include prominent Muslim personalities from the Islamic world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani, Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein, and others.
In 2021, Pakistan’s legendary Sufi singer, Abida Parveen made it to the list of The World 500 Most Influential Muslims issued by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. The list also features the youngest noble laureate Malala Yousafzai and Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker, Sharmeed Obaid Chinoy.
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The list included Pakistan’s ace singer Atif Aslam. According to the list, Atif Aslam has the 19th most popular social media presence that is held by a Muslim.
Several Pakistanis including globally renowned figures from entertainment, art, culture, education, philanthropy, Islamic scholars, and social activists made it to the Influential Muslims list.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was declared Man of the Year by The Muslim 500. The magazine accorded Imran Khan the Man of the Year Award. America’s Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was termed Woman of the Year. The magazine says that had there been The Muslim 500 back in 1992, Imran Khan would have been the Man of the Year 1992 due to his magnificent performance in cricket, leading Pakistan towards the 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph.