The 5 Most Influential Muslims in the World Elected by TIMES

Every year Times Magazines publishes a list of the 100 most influential people in the American world. This list is divided into leaders, icons, artists, pioneers and titans. This year was no exception.So I summed up the Muslims who featured on the TIMES 100.

1 Sania Mirza

Her name means brilliant and she is dedicated to honor her name. Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings.  She is the highest-ranked female player ever from India, Ranked No. 27 in singles in mid-2007 but a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit.  Her perseverance made her No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings.

Sania Mirza, of India, returns to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during a doubles final match at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, April 12, 2015. Mirza and Martina Hingis won 6-0, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
(AP Photo/Mic Smith)

2 Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

To sum it up the water in the city of Flint in Michigan, got poisoned because the state government screwed up. The state took over the city’s affairs, and then made an ignorant decision about water treatment that ruined the city’s pipes and poisoned the town. Residents knew there was something wrong but the government wasn’t listening.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local pediatrician, tested Flint’s kids and concluded that the children were poisoned by the water.

Having uncovered the shocking data, Hanna- Attisha took the unconventional step of sharing the findings at a September press conference. “Research is not supposed to be shared at press conferences. It is supposed to be published in peer-reviewed journals, which it is now,” she says.”We had an ethical, professional, moral responsibility to alert our community (to) what was going on.” Because of her the alarm bell was rang and the problem in Flint got a lot of media exposure and  that’s what put it on the political agenda.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha at her office in the Hurley Children's Center in Flint on January 15, 2016. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician with Flint’s Hurley Medical Center who organized a team of researchers to see if lead was getting into the bodies of young children upon findings that lead had been leaching into people's tap water. Dr. Hanna-Attisha said the evidence she and her team found was jaw dropping. “What we found was contrary to everything that’s been going on in the country and in the City of Flint. The percentage of children with lead poisoning had increased,” Dr. Hanna-Attisha said. “Here we are in 2016, in the middle of the Great Lakes, and we don’t have access to safe drinking water and we have just given an entire population lead.”

3 Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj doesn’t need an introduction. She will be representing the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and this while wearing the hijab. Ibtihaj embraced what made her stand out, and she’s an Olympian because of it.


4  Mohammed bin Nayef

In 2009 a young Jihadist came in the office of the Saudian crown prince and he offered to turn himself in. But the jihadist detonated a suicide bomb. He survived the attack. He made it his job to fight terrorism.

Prince Mohammed has introduced several innovations to fight extremism and terrorism, including the adoption of modern technology. He called for a “security channel” with the United States to facilitate information exchange.

Today he shoulders one of the heaviest burdens in the Middle East: defending his country amid a rising tide of threats from ISIS, al-Qaeda and a resurgent Iran.


5 Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There is no doubt that Erdogan is one of the most controversial leaders in the world. Leader of the the most important geopolitical space in the world today. He plays a big rolel in the refugee crisis. He placed Turkey on a political map, and it has become one of the most influential countries of the world. Erdogan made Turkey an important ally of the West but it’s also a dangerous one.


Written by Assia Loutfi

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Assia is a 21-year- old digital media student. She has a big passion for the Japanese culture and loves tea. In her spare time she likes to read books and watch television series.