The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISC) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has awarded Maldives State Minister for Islamic Affairs Shaheem Ali Saeed among the 500 most influential Muslims- 2010.

Shaheem Ali Saeed was lauded among the most influential muslims in the administrative platform in the Muslim world today.

“Saeed, is the minister of state for Islamic Affairs for the Republic of Maldives. His knowledge of Islam has provided good leadership to his ministry, especially in the drafting of regulations under the Religious Unity Act of the Maldives which, he believes, would provide a legal frame work to protect Islam. Saeed is also collaborating with the Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation to introduce a new television channel which would focus on relating Islam to the broader issues of society. He was a member of the World Islamic People’s Leadership and the Islamic Fiqh Academy in the Maldives,” said the publication.

RISC’s publication also named influential figures of various sects within Islam such as Salam Al Awdah and Aaid Al-Qarni from Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Khamanei from the Iranian Shite Rafidites, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Aal Sheikh from the orthodox Sunni Salafists in its roll of honour.

500 most influential Muslims -2010 is the second of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world.