Muslim Intellectuals Most Influential on World List!

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Who are the hundred most influential intellectuals in the world? After nearly half a million votes, the British monthly, Prospect, and the American magazine Foreign Policy, publish their new list.

Alhamdulillah! Muslims make up the top ten spots.

Number one is the Turkish writer and the Sufi thinker Fethullah Gülen. who is the prizewinner. He is followed by nine other thinkers of the Muslim world: Nobel Peace Prize winners Muhammad Yunus (second) and Shirin Ebadi (tenth), Nobel Prize winner for literature Orhan Pamuk (fourth), as well as Pakistani Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan (fifth), Egyptian televangelist Amr Khaled (sixth), Iranian reformer and Rumi scholar Abdolkarim Soroush (seventh), Tariq Ramadan (eighth), Islamist preacher Youssef al-Qaradawi (third), and Columbia University Professor Mahmood Mamdani (ninth).

Read the rest for yourselves and Google their biographies and writings for your children. Inshallah, this is the beginning of another Muslim Age of Enlightenment.

The hundred most influential intellectuals can be found HERE.

– Edited from the Sufi News and Sufism World Report blog of Thursday, June 26, 2008.

Ya Haqq!

15 Responses to Muslim Intellectuals Most Influential on World List!

  1. MysticSaint says:

    Good to see and feeling proud to have a native Bangladeshi as 2nd person in the list!


  2. Marahm says:

    This is remarkable. I looked at the list and found many more Muslim names all the way down. Alhumdulillah! The idea of a new Muslim Age of Enlightenment excites and encourages me!

  3. Shahrzad says:

    I studied Dr Soroush and Qaradawi’s ideas. I like Qaradawi and i wish i can meet him someday. I think Dr Soroush is really knowledgeable, and should be studied. I dont mean to confirm him, but in part of her thoughts, he has something to say.

    I met Shirin Ebadi once. I dont agree with her too much feminism but she is individually a nice woman and mother. I also dont think Shirin Ebadi believes herself as a muslim. While we discussed on several ideas, She commented that religions are disaster for nations..

  4. Maithri says:

    Dear brother,

    This doesnt surprise me in the slightest ;). All my muslim friends seem to be a lot smarter than me.

    May they use their influence and their intellects well. To unite the world in love.

    Sending you love and blessings dear brother,


  5. UTP says:

    good to hear that…Muslims were the pioneers of a lot of things back in the past…lots of the basis of what exists todays…is held credit with Muslims….

  6. ned says:

    Okay, I like a lot of the people on this list (especially Muhammad Yunus and Shirin Ebadi) … but Qaradawi? Come on! :-P I wouldn’t take that guy seriously if my life depended on it. That he’s considered “influential” is a bad sign, not a good one. Read the Wikipedia entry for yourself, he has some pretty ridiculous opinions:

    And he’s about as sexist as they come:

    I don’t see how one could even call him a serious intellectual. He’s an ideologue.

  7. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the comments. And Sister Ned, you may certainly be right, though I have not read anything he has written and will not comment on it. I guess the point is that the list is “influential” intellectuals, not that they are free from faults :)

    Ya Haqq!

  8. ned says:

    Brother Irving, you are wiser than I for being able to practice such self-restraint. ;-)

    I admit it — the mental-rational part of me is very highly developed and other parts are disproportionately developed (especially what Sri Aurobindo calls the “vital” — the seat of the emotions and passions). So sometimes I react to certain things and I always regret it later on!

    Thanks for being understanding and accepting. It’s only acceptance of the lower nature that transmutes it.

  9. Ismail Radpour says:


    Do you know Quran for Soroush has not any understanding value?! Even he attributes his idea to Rumi and certainly it is a major mistake beside there is no reference in his speech. Muhammad (pbuh) is a great poet and in Soroush’s idea manifestation of Quran is like a poetic inspiration.

    I respect him as a considerable and intrepid thinker who nevertheless all limitations which provided for him by government of Iran, he did not recede from his idea. But I don’t know how ideas of Soroush about Islam is in fact Islamic that so we nominate him a Muslim intellectual?

    Ya Haqq!

  10. Hanfi says:

    You shudn’t be surprised to fine someone on the list who you do not like. It shows that you are not always right. Half a million people have been involved in the process and the results have to be respected. Time for sister Ned to study Qarzawi, this time ‘objectively’.

  11. rhapsodysinger says:

    Dear Darvish,
    Does not the Sufi path ask ask to find out the Nameless within all named structures? Does it matter whether a person is Muslim or not for her or him to be acceptable to God? I am happy that so many people are succeeding in using their gifts to glorify their Maker but at the same time feel sad that you too, a liberal, divide humanity in terms of religions.

  12. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sister and Brothers:

    Thank you all for the comments :) And Brother Rhapsody Singer, my heart is not divided, it is the nafs that divide, not the heart. I revere the truth in all religions, and as a darvish seek only to know God, to praise God and to love God. As ibn Arabi says:

    “My heart has become capable of every form; it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks, and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’ba, and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Koran. I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith.”

    Alhamdulillah, that is also my religion and my faith :)

    May God bless you all and forgive me. Amin.

    Ya Haqq!

  13. Passer says:

    The reason why the lists are dominated by Muslims, as explained by Prospect magazine, that conducted the poll

  14. sad says:

    the massive immigration of muslims into the western world, gave them huge power to change our societys.
    good night freedom of speech and human rights, hello Eurabia

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