Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq figures at number nine in the list of 500 most influential Muslim personalities, which has been prepared by the prestigious Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC), Jordan.
Mirwaiz has made it to the list for the second consecutive time. He is the only Kashmiri in the list.
The RISSC has categorized the 500 most-influential Muslim personalities into 13 groups of influence including scholars, politicians, administrators of religious affairs, preachers and spiritual guides, philanthropists and people involved in charity, development, social issues, business, science and technology, arts and culture, media, celebrities and sports stars.
The RISCC list states that Mirwaiz, besides taking over the as the mirwaiz of Kashmir at a very young age, also assumed mantle of the resistance leadership, as chairman of Hurriyat Conference, at the age of 20.
The report states that the Mirwaiz represented the oppressed Kashmiri people at several international platforms including the United Nations Organisation (UNO), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and European Union (EU), besides highlighting their aspirations at New Delhi, Islamabad and various other international platforms.
It also says that Mirwaiz has “emerged as a visionary leader in South Asia who has tried to foster better relations between India and Pakistan by calling for the resolution of the long-standing Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”
The RISSC, Jordon is organizing an award function to felicitate the top Muslim leadership and most-influential Muslims and the Mirwaiz is also being invited to attend the function in Jordon.
The top-10 personalities in the list of 500 influential Muslims included the names of King Abdullah II, Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, King Muhammed VI, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, General Al-Sheikh Mohammed, Recep Tayyip, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani and Hajji Muhammed Abdul-Wahhab Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan.
Other prominent personalities from South Asia include Dr Zakir Naik, Imran Khan and Malala Yousufzai.