بسم الله الحمد لله و صلاة و سلام على رسول الله و على آله و سلم بسليما
The Royal Ahl al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought has released its 3rd edition of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World. Individuals on this list are ranked based on their influence in 14 metrics of influence:
- Administration of Religious Affairs;
- Preachers and Spiritual Teachers;
- Philanthropy/Charity and Development;
- Social Issues;
- Science and Technology;
- Arts and Culture;
- Qur’an Recitors;
- Celebrities and Sports Stars;
- Radicals; and
- Issues of the Day.
The report has other useful information, such as an essay on the Arab Spring, the Amman Message, and a breakdown of theological, political and political persuasions.
The list does not shy away from controversial figures, such as Hasan Nasrallah or members of pseudo-Islamic leaders, such as Shah Karim al-Hussayni, the current Aga Khan. It simply presents influential self-identified Muslims of considerable clout.
Now for a Short Analysis:
In 2001, Mirza Tahir Ahmad claimed that the worldwide Ahmadiyya population was roughly 200 million worldwide. With the “World Most Influential Muslims” report approximating 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, that means the Ahmadiyya population would account for 12.5% of the world’s Muslims. Ahmadis are required to formally pledge allegiance to their leader. In theory this means 12.5% of the world’s Muslim population currently pledges to Mirza Masroor Ahmad. So a curious question arises…
…Why isn’t Masroor on this list? With 200 million followers and millions of Chanda pounds (ahem, and dollars) at his disposal, he would certainly garner worldwide recognition. Surely all that money does something!
And before you say “persecution!” or the like, this analysis did not take not factor in one’s theological positions. In fact, it opens with the Amman Message, which speaks of acceptance. After all, Aga Khanism no longer even performs Salah (Namaz) as Muslims do, but their leader is on the list!
Perhaps Masroor is not on the list because the world’s fastest growing, most dynamic, and active Muslim community is not the fastest growing, most dynamic and active Muslim community. To repeat a statistic earlier mentioned, according to leaked statistics, the Ahmadiyya population in the UK is roughly 22 thousand. The number of British converts to “regular” Islam from the UK alone exceeded the entire UK Ahmadiyya population. Its worth considering.
If you are a current Ahmadi, take a look at your local Muslim community. Not a mere isolated visit, meet people, talk, and pray with us. Perhaps get involved in a project or two. I would love to hear what you find.
May Allah bless all those who love the Prophet Muhammad
و صلى الله على سيدنا محمد و على آله و صحبه و سلم