Aligarh: Professor Saiyed Mohammad Ameen Mian Qadri of the Urdu Department at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been ranked the 44th most influential Muslim in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of the Georgetown University, USA.

The Prince Al-Waheed Bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University has published a new book entitled the 500 most influential Muslims in the World 2009. It has ranked the Professor as 44th most influential Muslim in the World.

Professor Qadri is a leader of the Indian Barelvis and a Sajjada Nasheen or Sufi disciple of the Khanquah-e-Barkatiya, Marehra sufi tradition which stems from the Qadriyyah tradition of eminent Sufi master Abd al Qadir al Jilani.

He is also the leader of a South Asian Sufi movement. It thrives as an active and socially engaged mystical movement. The Barelvis are an apolitical group that emphasizes social cohesion and spiritual upliftment.

He is patronizing a large number of institutions of modern and oriental tradition, has written several books on Urdu literature, and translated various books on mysticism.

Prof. Ameen is the founder of Albarkat Educational Institutions and under its aegis several institutions are run.

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