Selangor Journal

Anwar Ibrahim listed in 500 Most Influential Muslims 2017 Edition

SHAH ALAM, APRIL 26: General leader of KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is among a few other political figures in Malaysia that listed in the Top 500 Most Influential Muslim figures, 2017 edition.
The former opposition leader was listed through the Honourable Leader category (Honourable Mentions).
Anwar also listed through political category, which included the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad; Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdul Halim.
Meanwhile, the famous nasyid group Raihan, was also recognized in the list of 500 most influential Muslims in the world.
Raihan is now comprises of three people, Che Amran Idris, Abu Bakar Md Yatim and Amran Ibrahim represented Malaysia in the category of Arts and Culture.
Other than Raihan, other artists that are also listed for the second year includes Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Hafiz Hamidun.
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In the business category, also listed Malaysian is the President of the Malaysian Islamic Chamber of Commerce (MICC), Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim.
Whereas in the field of science and technology, Malaysia’s first astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor also listed in the report.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre first time published the book “The 500 Most Influential Muslims In The World” was in 2009.
Selections are made based on their impact on society other than also could bring changes in life.
The first edition of the book was published in 2009 and reworked by Professor John L. Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin from Georgetown University in Washington.
The publisher is the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre – an independent research body affiliated with the The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought based in Amman Jordan.
According to the publisher, the book was published to give impact to the Muslim world, in addition to being an inspiration to the masses.
Among others contents of the book it also takes into account of figures from the category of art, culture, ideology, finance, philosophy, reader of the al-Quran, media, sports, science and technology.
The report said an estimated 1.76 billion Muslims in the world today who make up 23.85 percent of the total world population.

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