Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan are among the top fifty influential Muslims of the World says an annual survey of Royal Institute of Strategic Islamic Studies, Jordan.
Some twenty-four Pakistanis have made it to the top 500 influential Muslims in the 2010 edition of “World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims”. The survey mentions the names of five hundred personalities from across the world that command influence on account of their role and Muslim faith identity including prominent names from various walks of life such as heads of states, politicians, scientists, social activists, artists, religious scholars and preachers.
The list includes General Ashfaq Kayani, Army Chief; Qazi Hussain Ahmed, former Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami, former Ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi and Maulana Fazlur Rahman in politics category.
In development category: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry and Abdul Sattar Edhi. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr Attu r Rehman have been placed in Science Technology Medicine and Law category.
Hajji Mohammed Abdul Wahab, Amir of Tablighi Jamaat; Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani, leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence; Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri the founder of Tehrik e Minhaj ul Quran International, Shaikh, Mohammad, founder of the International Islamic Propagation Centre (IIPC), Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar, a Sufi scholar of the Ashrafia order based in Karachi, Dr Farhat Hashmi, an influential lecturer and scholar and founder of Al-Huda International, an NGO actively promoting Islamic education and welfare since 1994; Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri, founder of the Dawat-e-Islami; Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro, Secretary General of Jamiat Ulema-Islam Sindh, Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, President of the International Islamic University, Roshaneh zafar founder of the Kashf Foundation, Junaid Jamshed former pop icon and Abida Parveen, an internationally acclaimed vocalist, Zaid Hamid, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the supposed leader of Jama’at ud Da’wah, Pakistan.