Prime Minister Imran Khan, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and noted religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jamil have been named among the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.
The annual publication is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan, highlights people who are influential as Muslims.
This year’s list features some of the most prominent Muslims including Liverpool footballer Mohammad Salah, Dr Qadeer Khan, Dr, Atta Rehman, and Dr Irfan Siddiqui, said a report.
Among the top 50, ranked at 29 is PM Imran, whose 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 wrote.
A sporting legend, PM Imran 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.
His other contributions include Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and NUML University, which provides scholarship assistance to over 90 per cent of its students.
The youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala also gets an honourable mention in the publication.
In 2013, Yousafzai addressed the UN, received the prestigious Sakharov Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize which she co-received in 2014 at the age of 17.
She has also been listed as one of the 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 by Times Magazine and has been granted audiences with royalty and world leaders.
Also featured in the publication is scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel, one of the most popular preachers in Pakistan.
In addition to running a religious seminary 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.