For the third time: Aamir Liaquat among 500 influential Muslims

Published: October 4, 2015
Dr Laiquat has been included in the list in view of popularity, non-sectarian ideology; efforts to promote peace

Dr Laiquat has been included in the list in view of popularity, non-sectarian ideology; efforts to promote peace


Internationally acclaimed broadcaster and religious scholar Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain has been included in the list of the 500 most influential Muslim personalities for the third consecutive time.

Acknowledging his immense popularity, the world’s leading research organisation Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre has included him in its list, which is an honour. In their catalogue introducing the personalities for the year 2015-2016, the organisation has paid glowing tributes to Dr Aamir Liaquat.

It has noted that Dr Hussain’s name has been included in the list in view of his popularity, non-sectarian ideology, efforts to promote peace and tolerance, his campaign against corruption and his love for the Prophet of Islam (Peace be upon Him).

Declaring him one of the most famous hosts in the world, the book says Dr Aamir Liaquat rose to eminence with his famous show ‘Aalim Online’. He became the most influential media personality and hosted the most popular TV shows due to his professional excellence and effective representation of the popular sentiments. In 2014, he was appointed as the vice president of a private TV channel.

Giving an overview of his background, the book says that Dr Aamir Liquat also took part in politics and served as a member parliament and federal minister for religious affairs. However, he resigned from politics in 2007 to give his full attention to his religious pursuits.

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, which issues this list every year, is an independent organisation associated with Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. Located in Jordan’s capital, this institute is engaged in research under the auspices of the royal family of Jordan.

In its latest list, Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain tops the media persons that the organisation has chosen from amongst the Muslim world.

The other Pakistanis who have been counted among the influential Muslims include Army chief General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, Imran Khan, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Tablighi Jamaat’s chief Haji Abdul Wahab, Maulana Tariq Jameel, Dr Ahmed Rafiq Ahktar, Social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mualana Ilyas Qadri, Sirajul Haq and Allama Tahirul Qadri. The list also includes Allama Sajid Naqvi, Maulana Saleem Ahmed, Prof Attaur Rehman, Dr Farhat Hashmi, Dr Khanum Tayyaba, Abida Perveen, Malal Yousafzai and Asma Jahangir. Junaid Jamshed, who was included in the list the previous year, did not figure in this year’s list.

The list also includes Indian Muslims, including Maulana Mehmood Ahmed Madani, Dr Zakir Naik, Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri, Allam Ziaul Mustafa, Maulana Waheeduddin Khan, Aamir Khan and Shabana Azmi.

The other personalities include Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz, Sheikh Abdul Rehman al Sudais, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Nayef, Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Dr Shirin Ebadi, Muqtada al-Sadr,  Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi, Sultan Qaboos, Mahmoud Abbas, Ashraf Ghani, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Sheikh Hasina Wajid, Hassan Nasrallah, Khaled Mashal, Dr Muhmmad Yunus, Muhammed Fethullah Gülen, Sayeeda Warsi and Sami Yusuf.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Fawad khan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:26AM

    Tells you so much about the present situation of Muslim Ummah. Recommend

  • Rambo
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:43AM

    i died laughing when i read…..Malal Yousafzai and Asma Jahangir in the list of influential Muslims.Recommend

  • Muhammad Sadiq
    Oct 4, 2015 - 10:45AM

    Amir Liaquat, Jahangir and Maulana Fazal-ul-Rahman???? Alongside Gen. Raheel Shareef, Sattar Edhi, and Dr. Zakir Naik….Seriously???? I have no faith in this organisation.Recommend

  • Shabeeb
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Who idiot make this list?Recommend

  • khan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:54AM

    For the third time: Dr Aamir Liaquat among 500 influential Muslims

    Sorry but Is he real Muslim?Recommend

  • Abu Noor
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:08PM

    After seeing his nomination, I have lost trust on such nominations / surveys….He is an entertainer…not an influential Muslim….. PERIODRecommend

  • DesPak
    Oct 4, 2015 - 12:57PM

    R.I.P. Sense and sensibility Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:12PM

    Being listed as influential, even if you are influencing in a negative manner.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:25PM

    Is this the same person who bought his Doctorate Degree from Axact! What a joke….Recommend

  • Point
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:44PM

    But his degree is fake. It’s details must be shared with the agencyRecommend

  • ZakirBakir
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Shows the level of comprehension of the average Pakistani. Recommend

  • Point
    Oct 4, 2015 - 1:57PM

    They mention Egypt’s Al-Sisi in top 15 :/ what good has he done. A mass murderer!!Recommend

  • miristan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:22PM

    I do not like persons living duel life. He should be no where near any TV channel. If I see him on any channel I change immediately.Recommend

  • chodhary
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:35PM

    why the media keeps reporting this looney toon as “Dr.” and “religious scholar” despite the fact that he has fake degrees….Recommend

  • Khalid
    Oct 4, 2015 - 2:36PM

    Why do you call hike Dr ?

    his degree is a fake costing 300 dollars from a fake European university. Why are you giving him credibility.Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 3:24PM

    Isn’t he the most hated persons in the country and abroad? Recommend

  • hellboy
    Oct 4, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Out of 500 how many scientists,CEOs,Noble winner.I guess may be 1/100 so may be 5 in all.Recommend

  • tellmore
    Oct 4, 2015 - 4:59PM

    It is a great news. The entire country of Pakistan should follow the teachings and ideology of Mr Amir Liaqat and then Pakistan will become a super power in the world.Recommend

  • Syed Irfan Ali
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:16PM

    Simply obnoxious. Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Joke of the century….Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Oct 4, 2015 - 6:59PM

    I find this dude really creepyRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:18PM

    Except General Raheel, Malala, Asma, Edhi and few others, majority are jokers.Recommend

  • Baba
    Oct 4, 2015 - 7:48PM

    yes, there are lot of honest hard woking people who happen to be Muslims. He by any stretch of imagination belongs anywhere near that list.

    Sure, he will make the list for the 500 most crooked who have used religion to further their own cause!

    He is a crook.Recommend

  • Skhan
    Oct 4, 2015 - 9:25PM

    What a joke!Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:29PM

    Husain haqqani, Pervez hoodbhoy?Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 4, 2015 - 11:53PM

    It is beyond me why our media keeps insisting to call him a “Dr.” in spite of the proven fact that he bought the master’s and PhD degrees from a internet diploma mill. Can we show some respect for the real Doctors and PhDs of the country, and stop calling this crook a Doctor.Recommend

  • MJ
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:18AM

    Calling Amir Liaquat a Muslim scholar is ridiculing both the terms Muslim and scholar.Recommend

  • Hasan Ansari
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:30AM

    Simply Great!Recommend

  • Rehan
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:31AM

    He is worth it! Recommend

  • Bravo
    Oct 5, 2015 - 2:48AM

    Height of disgrace!
    We have such learned hardworking Muslims and Amir Liaqat does not even reach near them. I dont understand why he gets so much importance. Does people forget his off the stage talks and videos?.Recommend

  • Chouette
    Oct 5, 2015 - 4:35AM

    “the world’s leading research organisation Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.” ha ha ha. Can’t stop laughing. please tell me it is a satire.Recommend

  • Patriotic Pakistani
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:46AM

    Toubaa Toubaa.. Astagfar.Recommend

  • Sadaquat hussain
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:50AM

    Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, Zaid Hamid, Salman Iqbal are also included? The organization “Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre” working under the influence or traces of Israel, a kind of propaganda in their script is dominant. Recommend

  • s hasnain
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:46PM

    Aamir bhai indeed a true scholarRecommend

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