Sunday, October 19, 2014

World's 500 Most Influential Muslims including 32 Pakistanis

The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500) is annually published by Royal Islamic Strategic Center, Jordan since 2009. 

List of 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for 2014-15 has recently been published. It starts with overall Top-50 Muslims, the remaining 450 most influential Muslims are country-wise divided in 13 categories without ranking.

The top 10 list, overwhelmed with the presence of kings and rulers, except Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab, who is the Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan. 

Top 10 Most Influential Muslims of the World

  1. His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  2. His Eminence Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Mosque
  3. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  4. His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  5. His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
  6. His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
  7. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani, Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq
  8. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id Sultan of Oman
  9. His Highness General Al-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
  10. Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab - Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan

Most Influential Pakistanis 

32 persons from Pakistan feature in the list of 500 “Most Influential Muslims of the World”. Among the top 50, however, there are only two known figures from Pakistan: 

  • Hajji Mohammed Abd Al-Wahhab Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan (at 10th position)
  • Sheikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (at 19th position)

Following is a category-wise list of Pakistanis included in The Muslim 500.

Administration of Religious Affairs 

  • Mawlana Saleemullah Khan
  • Ayatollah Sayed Sajid Ali Naqvi
  • Siraj ul Haq

Arts and Culture

  • Al-Hajj Siddiq Ismail
  • Junaid Jamshed
  • Abida Parveen
  • Muhammad Owais Raza Qadri



Celebrities and Sports



  • Zaid Hamid
  • Aamir Liaquat Hussain
  • Mir Shakil ur Rehman

Philanthropy, Charity and Development

  • Abdul Sattar Edhi
  • Chaudhary Faisal Mushtaq
  • Prof. Dr. Adib Rizvi


  • Maulana Fazalur Rehman
  • Imran Khan
  • Nawaz Sharif

Preachers and Spiritual Guides

  • Dr. Ahmad Rafique Akhtar
  • Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan
  • Khanum Tayyaba Bukhari
  • Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri
  • Maulana Tariq Jameel

Qur’an Reciters





  • Dr. Akbar Ahmed
  • Dr. Farhat Hashmi
  • Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussain Najafi
  • Dr. Shaykh Tahir ul Qadri

Science and Technology

  • Prof. Atta-ur-Rehman
  • Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
  • Umar Saif

Social Issues

  • Asma Jehangir
  • Malala Yousufzai

There is no person selected from Pakistan in Business, Celebrities and Sports, Quran Reciters, and Extremists categories.

Friday, October 17, 2014

25 Photos of Hajj in 1953

See these photos to know how it was like to perform Hajj in 1953. Though this is only just 60 years old, but a lot has been changed mainly due to the increase in the number of pilgrims each year.

These photos were first published in National Geographic Magazine, July 1953 edition under "From America to Makkah on Airborne Pilgrimage" by Abdul Ghafur Sheikh.

A photo of Khana Kaaba in 1953

Stalls near Majid al Haram

A bus used to transport pilgrims from place to place.

In Mina, pilgrims were cooking food themselves.

Horse and carriage was used as a means of transport for females.

Haji Camp

Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Qurbani.

Hair shaving of a pilgrim. 

A group of pilgrims 

Muslims offering prayer outside the Masjid entrance.

Tents near Arafah mount.  

The Jamarat used to be small pillar which would be stoned symbolizing stoning of the devil.

Homes and hotels can be seen outside of the sacred masjid’s perimeter. Much of these buildings have been demolished to make way for the Masjid’s expansion. 

One of the entrances to Masjid al Haram.

National Geographic Magazine, July 1953

Pilgrims performing Tawaaf 

Kaaba and the Mataf area.

Photo of a busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret of a Masjid can be seen.

Notice Board for Non-Muslims as only Muslims are allowed to go beyond this point in Makkah.

Muslims were able to enter in the Kaaba

Pilgrims drinking Coca Cola to cool themselves.

Pilgrims offering prayer near their camels.

In those days commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today. Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah via a ferry or a ship.

For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine. 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

50 Most Popular Pakistanis on Facebook

I have always wondered who the Most Popular Pakistanis on Facebook are. So I browsed Facebook Fan Pages of almost all famous Pakistanis and searched a lot of other online sources to complete the list of 50 Most Popular Pakistanis on Facebook. This list includes people from every field of life; Religious Leaders, Cricketers, Politicians, Singers, Artists, Actors, Models, 

Here are few interesting facts which I found during compilation of this list.

  • 18 celebrities out of Top-50 are either Singers or Musicians. 
  • Allama Iqbal and Rashid Minhas are only national hero whose Facebook page got position in this list. 
  • Longest page name is of Dr. Tahir ul Qadri. 
  • Tahir ul Qadri, Maulana Tariq Jameel and Junaid Jamshaid are only religious personalities who are in Top-50 Pakistanis list. 
  • Except cricketers, there is no other sportsman in the list. 
  • Shahid Afridi is the only Pakistani who has many unofficial top pages. 
  • Imran Khan, Tahir ul Qadri and Pervez Musharraf are only politicians who got place in this list. 
  • Hassan Nisar, Javed Chaudhry and Ali Moeen Nawazish have huge followers than any other Pakistani Journalist/ Columnist.

Facebook Pages with Likes (as on 12 October 2014)

  1. Atif Aslam - 16,137,987 
  2. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - 6,721,160 
  3. Allama Iqbal - 5,075,623 
  4. Ali Zafar - 4,482,471 
  5. Adnan Sami - 3,774,009 
  6. Junaid Jamshaid - 2,887,935 
  7. Imran Khan (Official) - 2,859,196 
  8. Shaykh-ul-Islam Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri - 2,654,685 
  9. Amanat Ali - 2,491,604 
  10. Rashid Minhas - 2,224,798 
  11. Bilal Saeed - 2,141,076 
  12. Pervez Musharraf - 2,075,756 
  13. Saeed Ajmal - 2,034,009 
  14. Shoaib Akhtar - 1,556,585 
  15. Farhan Saeed - 1,551,326 
  16. Ayeza Khan (Aiza) - 1,547,204 
  17. Javed Chaudhry - 1,438,409 
  18. Asim Jofa - 1,427,219 
  19. Hamza Ali Abbasi - 1,395,707 
  20. Sara Raza Khan - 1,394,241 
  21. Fariha Pervez - 1,293,949 
  22. Sajjad Ali Official - 1,271,245 
  23. Ayesha Khan - 1,268,248 
  24. Hadiqa Kiani - 1,206,261 
  25. Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch - 1,042,888 
  26. Ali Azmat - 1,041,793 
  27. Bilal Khan - 1,035,759 
  28. Shahid Afridi - 1,014,880 
  29. Abrar ul Haq - 977,918 
  30. ZaidAliT - 964,038 
  31. Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui - 947,588 
  32. Annie Khalid - 945,287 
  33. Faisal Qureshi - 929,667 
  34. Sanam Jung - 921,668 
  35. Hassan Nisar - 881,406 
  36. Sham Idrees - 858,435 
  37. Hina Khan - 835,778 
  38. Ashfaq Ahmed - 818,335 
  39. Shafqat Amanat Ali - 732,991 
  40. Taimur Shahid Malik - 719,480 
  41. The Official Meesha Shafi Page - 692,505 
  42. Usman Dar - 692,280 
  43. Shehzad Roy - 686,560 
  44. Saba Qamar - 685,545 
  45. Fawad Afzal Khan - 663,898 
  46. Ali Moeen Nawazish - 651,036 
  47. Sahir Lodhi - 637,448 
  48. Waseem Akram Home Page - 615,529 
  49. Imran Abbas Naqvi - 614,597 
  50. Maulana Tariq Jameel - 587,764 

  • The list above was compiled based on total number of likes on the individual’s Facebook pages and the person being a Pakistani. 
  • Majority of the pages are Verified Official Pages (Either they manage it or an official company/team/admin does). However some pages are not official and owned by someone else. 

Play Your Role:

  • Who is your favorite Pakistani celebrity and is his name listed above? 
  • If you know any personality who has more fans than any of the above and his name is not included here, please inform me by giving me their Facebook Page link in the comments section below and I will update the list. 
  • Do feel free to correct me on the compilation above. 
  • Do share/like/tweet/recommend/+1 this post with your friends for them to discover new Pakistani Personalities as well yea! Thanks.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai gets Nobel Peace Prize 2014

Malala Nobel Prize
Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai became youngest Nobel Laureate by winning Nobel Peace Prize 2014 at the age of only 17 years.
Today, The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for children rights. 

Kailash Satyarthi, a child right activist from India and Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan, who was shot in head for standing up for girls’ right to education, have been announced as joint winners of this years Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, and Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian man who is recognized internationally for his work for children's rights.

Kailash Satyarthi from India & Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan win Nobel Peace Prize 2014

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.

Malala is second Pakistani who got a Nobel Prize in any category. Earlier Dr. Abdus Salam shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics. He was first Pakistani who got Nobel Prize and also first Muslim who got Nobel prize in Science.

The prize of $1.1 million will be presented in Oslo on 10 December 2014.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Family living with 7 Pet Tigers - Watch Video

A Brazilian family is living with their seven pet tigers in the same house with ladies children and infants. Family used to live, walk, swim and eat together. Ary Morques Borges began his love affair with tigers when he found two of the big cats living in a bad state at a circus and decided to bring them home. His daughters Nayara, 20, Uyara, 23, and Deusanira, 24, grew up sharing their meals and beds with the fully-grown predators and walking them on a leash. And Nayara regularly hops into the family swimming pool to take a dip with her furry friends. After his success with the rescue tigers, Ary started breeding them, and the tigers still have the run of the house at the Borges family home in Maringa, near Sao Paulo. The family has forged an incredible bond with the tigers after living under the same roof for so long.

It seems a very crazy idea to have beast animals like tigers and lions as pet animals. But this family has make this happen. They are happy to have such wonderful and powerful pets.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bigg Boss 8 Contestants

Bigg Boss is a series of Indian Reality Show presented by Colors TV Channel in India and ARY Digital in Pakistan. Bigg Boss 8 is the eighth season of this show which will be aired by Colors TV from 21 September while after 1 or 2 weeks of it, ARY Digital will also telecast it for Pakistani viewers. Though this is an Indian show but also have huge viewership in Pakistan. Salman Khan will remain the host for fifth time continuously.


Following celebrities are participated in Bigg Boss Season 8 as contestants.

Occupation and Claim to Fame
Sonali Raut
Model and film Actress
Karishma Tanna
Model and Actress
Upen Patel
Model and film Actor
Soni Singh
TV Actress
Arya Babbar
Bollywood and Punjabi film actor
Diandra Soares
Model, anchor and fashion designer
Sushant Digvikar
Model, TV Anchor and Pageant contestant
Gautam Gulati
TV and film Actor
Sukirti Kandpal
Model and TV Actress
Praneet Bhatt
Actor and Director
Natasa Stankovic
Model and Bollywood Actress
Minissha Lamba
Bollywood Actress

There was rumors that a Pakistani cricketer is going to participate in the reality show which did not happen. It is worth mentioning that two Pakistani actors; Veena Malik and Ali Saleem (Begum Nawazish Ali), have been in the Bigg Boss season 4.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Participate in World's Largest Online Photo Competition in Pakistan

Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is holding an online photography competition in September 2014 to promote cultural heritage of Pakistan. Wiki Loves Monuments Pakistan is a part of the international annual photographic competition Wiki Loves Monuments, which is world’s biggest photography competition according to the Guinness World Records. "Wiki Loves Monuments" is sponsored by Wikimedia Organization, which runs and owns Wikipedia. 

Aim of the photo competition is to highlight and promote the cultural heritage sites of the participating
countries including Pakistan with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of historically and culturally significant sites.

Wiki Loves Monuments is annually taking place every September since 2010. This is the first time Pakistan is participating in international photos competition. Please participate. The world is waiting to see what cultural heritage of Pakistan mean to you!

Pakistan’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse covering thousands of years of its history. All archaeological sites, monuments, buildings, shrines, places of worship and tombs in Pakistan, listed on Wikipedia’s page, are eligible for the competition.

Wiki Loves Monuments has nominated local organizing committee and jury board for Pakistani Photographer Contestants.

Competition Schedule

Participants can upload photos during the whole month of September, 2014.
In October, judges will begin evaluating the photographs and award prizes for the best photos in Pakistan and globally.
Prizes will be presented to the winners at the awards ceremony which will take place in November

How to Participate in Photography Competition in Pakistan

Anyone can participate in the competition by registering a free account on Wikipedia. 
  • Create an account at Wikipedia by visiting this page.
  • Choose the sites to photograph. You can use lists of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan onWikipedia to find subjects to photograph. The region-wise pages enlist the names and locations of sites. Photos must be of an eligible listed site. All other photos will be disqualified.
  • Take photographs of the sites. You can take multiple photos of the same site; interior and exterior shots, specific architectural details, different times of day, different angles. You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past.
  • Upload the photos.  Visit lists of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan on Wikipedia and click the upload photo icon in front of the concerned site on lists and follow the instructions in the upload wizard. There is no limit to how many photos you can enter. We would advise however, that you be selective and only upload your best shots! Upload the photos before the final deadline of 24:00 PST on 30th September, 2014.

Awards and Prizes for Photography Competition Winners 

The competition will have two rounds of prizes and awards; Pakistani Awards and International Awards. Followings are prizes for best photographs in Pakistan. 
  • First position: Rs 20,000 
  • Second position: Rs 15,000 
  • Third position: Rs 10,000 
  • Fourth and fifth position: Rs 5,000 each 
  • The top 10 photographs will also win many non-cash gifts.
  • Best 50 photographs including top ten winning entries will be later featured in exhibitions as well. 
The Pakistani jury will nominate three best and the seven highly recommended photos for the international contest, which has its own jury and awards. Last year the international winner won travel scholarship (had a maximum value of $3,000) to attend the Wikimania in London.