Imam Ilyas Sidyot

Nominations open for World's Most Influential Muslims

Nominations are now open for a prestigious 2012 listing of the world’s most influential Muslims.

The publication, now in its 4th year, seeks to recognise Muslims who have the power to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. It selects Muslim individuals from a range of categories including Ulema, political leaders, philanthropists, businesspeople and cultural figures.

The Muslim 500 is a project of The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, an independent research entity headquartered in Jordan. Previous listings included personalities such as King Abdullah, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sheikh Yusuf al Qardawi, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Khaled Mishal and Sheikh Hamza Yusuf amongst the Top 50. Significantly, a number of public figures from Southern Africa like Mufti Ismail Menk, Zain Bhikha, Dr. Imtiaz Suliman and Moulana Igsaan Hendricks, also made the list.

According to the Centre, nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the influence that particular Muslims have had within the Muslim community and the manner in which their influence has benefited the Muslim community, both within the Islamic world and in terms of representing Islam to non-Muslims.

“Nominators should include pertinent information and links where other information can be obtained. Letters of nomination should thus be comprehensive, but no longer than 500 words.”

The final outcomes, to be published later this year, will draw from the information received in nominations, reinforced with research from the Centre’s staff and input from academic consultants.

Further particulars on requirements for nominations and listings from previous years can be viewed on the Muslim’s 500 website.

You may submit your nominations here