Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Source of Influence: Preachers & Spiritual Guides
School of Thought: Salafi
Status: Featured in current year
A notable Jamaican-Canadian convert and Islamic scholar, Dr Bilal Philips is founder of Preston International University in Chennai, India, and most notably founder and chancellor of the virtual educational institution, Islamic Online University (iou.edu.gm), which currently has over 400,000 registered students studying Sharia, Education, Psychology, Banking & Finance, IT and Business Administration, in English medium from all 228 countries in the world. He also reaches mass Muslim audiences through his television appearances on satellite channels like Peace TV, Huda TV, and Islam Channel as well as his official Facebook page’s over 6 million followers. Dr Bilal is also the author of over 50 published books on various Islamic topics.