Imam Muhammad Ashafa
Source of Influence: Social Issues
Status: Featured in current year
Ashafa is the co-director of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre in the city of Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, a leading task force that resolves conflicts across the country. He works with Christian Pastor James Wuye to promote peace between religions. Previously, both were leaders who encouraged hatred of the others but have turned a leaf after being injured and affected by inter-religious violence. Pastor Wuye and Imam Ashafa have gained a wide audience and mass interest in their particular story through speaking on the issue around the world and their successful work in resolving conflicts. In April 2013, they were awarded the first World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize by the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan.