The Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center recently published the third edition of its 500 Most Influential Muslims list in conjunction with George Washington University. Included (right after Ali, Muhammad and Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem) was Okayplayer’s own Mos Def, who has recently announced that he is taking his muslim name Yasiin Bey as his official stage name. One of only three entries for North America, Bey was noted for his “Emmy and Golden Globe nominations” and “his stance against the misinterpretation of the Qur’an.” Find the full text of all three North America entries after the jump–the entire published list is readable via GWU or downloadable in .PDF format from TheMuslim500.com.
Muhammad Ali is a legendary three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who was crowned Sportsman of the Century in 1999 by ‘Sports Illustrated’. He was an extremely important figure in the civil rights movement in the United States, who used his talent and his wit to draw public awareness to the inequality in American society. He has remained a figure of great influence, commentating on injustices where he sees them. Now, in retirement, he travels throughout the world promoting social justice issues.
One of the most recognised names in American sports, AbdulJabbar holds the NBA record for most career points. Through his distinguished career he accumulated many individual and team honours including 6 NBA titles, 6 MVP awards and a record 19 AllStar call-ups. Highly regarded as one of the greatest NBA players ever, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. Outside of basketball he is a best-selling author and has appeared in several films and made cameo appearances in many sitcoms.
Mos Def (born Dante Terrell Smith) is a hip-hop artist who has recently become more popular for his acting career where he received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He is noted for his stance against the misinterpretation of the Qur’an.