Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq figures in the list of 500 ‘Most Influential Muslims’ of the world for the year 2014/15.
Jordan-based ‘The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre’ (RISSC), an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, has prepared the list.
This is the 6th year that the RISSC has released such a list. The publication selects Muslim individuals from a range of categories of influence, 13 in total. The categories include Scholars, Politicians, Administration of Religious Affairs, Preachers and Spiritual Guides, Philanthropists/Charity and Development, Social Issues, Business, Science and Technology, Arts and Culture, Media, Celebrities and Sports Stars.
Mirwaiz Umar has been included in the political category at number 9. The RISSC says he “inherited the 14th Mirwaiz (Kashmiri term for traditional preacher of Muslims in Kashmir) in 1990 at the age of 17 after the assassination of his father. At the young age of 20 he became chairman and founder of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-freedom parties in Jammu & Kashmir. He has raised the Kashmiri problem at the UN, the EU parliament and the IOC advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realized.”
Top 10 personalities in the list of 500:
1. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
2. Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Mosque
3. Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
4. King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
5. King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
6. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
7. Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani, Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq
8. Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id Sultan of Oman
9. General Al-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan–Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
10. Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab–Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan