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A recently published book “The 500 Most Influential Muslims” lists 6 Singaporeans, among them being’s Director, Mr Mohamed Nassir.

Singapore, 23 November 2009 – A new book entitled “The 500 Most Influential Muslims” was recently published, listing prominent Muslims from different fields.  The book lists in “rank” the overall “top 50? and lists the remaining 450 not in rank or order but under different categories like scholarly, political, administrative, preachers, women, youth, media, and several others.

The book was published jointly by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, based in Amman (Jordan) and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, based in Washington (USA).  The book was edited by Prof John Esposito and Prof Ibrahim Kalin and is the first in what is targeted to be an annual survey of the top Muslim personalities around the world.  Prof John Esposito is director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center.

The purpose of the publication is that it “provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world” and the book aims to give “valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world, and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.”

The first person listed in the book is His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, while Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei is second.  Included within the book are prominent personalities like Dr Hasyim Muzadi, Chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (Indonesia), His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Dr Mahathir Mohammad (Malaysia) and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

There are 7 Singaporeans listed in the book, namely:

  1. [Administrative category] Dr Yaacob Ibrahim – Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs
  2. [Political category] Zainul Abidin Rasheed – Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. [Scholarly category] Ustaz Ibrahim Kassim – Islamic scholar & Judge of the Shariah court
  4. [Scholarly category] Maarof Salleh – Director General, Center for Contemporary Islamic Studies
  5. [Youth category] Mohammed Nassir – Director,
  6. [Youth category] Razak Mohamed Lazim – Senior Director, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)
  7. [Arts & Culture category] Iskandar Jalil – Prominent Singaporean ceramicist feels proud that its Director, Mr Mohamed Nassir, has been named among the world’s “500 Most Influent Muslims” and is described in the book as:

“Mohamed Nassir is director of, a Singapore-based virtual portal for ‘a new way to learn’ Islam through courses with leading Islamic scholars. Nassir is credited for drawing the attention of international Muslim leaders to the Muslim community of Singapore and for his dedicated efforts to developing youth programs.”

On being listed in the book,’s Director, Mr Mohamed Nassir, said,

“I’m honoured to be listed as among the world’s ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’.  I am deeply humbled by the mention and consider it as an achievement both for me and  The listing marks a milestone in’s journey and is a testimony of our efforts, especially in the field of Islamic education.  This achievement could not have been made possible without the efforts of many, especially the dedicated people at SimplyIslam – management, staff, teachers and volunteers.”

Established in 2006, has been conducting various Islamic education programs for toddlers, children, youths, young adults and senior adults. Among its popular programs are its International Islamic Scholars program and its weekend Islamic school.  It is dedicated towards education, humanitarian aid, social & community development and literary services to facilitate progression of society.  It is committed to the retention of tradition and culture and esteemed values whilst integrating contemporary challenges facing humanity today.

To view the online version of “The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2009”, please visit