The royal islamic strategic studies center in Jordan has named Dr Mahathir Mohamad the muslim 500’s 2019.
This list honors the most influential muslims all over the world. Dr Mahathir was the head of this list according to his long great list of achievements that included his leading an unlikely band of opposition parties to depose one of the oldest ruling regimes in the world.
“The Muslim Man of the Year is Tun Dr Mahathir, prime minister of Malaysia. He is 93 years old now and this makes him the world’s oldest sitting head of government.
The Muslim 500 said that Dr Mahathir has had a dynamic political career for over 70 years and also he has published 17 books.
The muslim woman of the year was Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian, who hit an israeli soldier in public last year.
Other Malaysian entrants in The Muslim 500 include PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who were both included in the political category.
For the academic category, Malaysia provided Datuk Afifi al-Akiti (KFAS Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies), philosopher Tan Sri D. Syed Muhammad al Naquib Ali al-Attas, and Dr Osman Bakar (Al-Ghaz-zali Chair of Epistemology and Civilizational Studies and Renewal at Istac, International Islamic University Malaysia).
In the subcategory of the Top 100 Most Influential in last decade, Anwar was 80th, ahead of Dr Mahathir who was 96th and the late Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat who was accorded 99th place.