Source of Influence: Preachers & Spiritual Guides
School of Thought: Hanafi, Traditional Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Madani is the President of the 86-year old Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, a group which strongly opposed the creation of a separate Muslim state of Pakistan. Maulana Syed Arshad Madani succeeded his brother, Maulana Syed Asad Madani in 2006, but since 2008, the group has been split into two factions. Maulana Arshad is also a noted scholar, and recently gave a speech in Arabic in the presence of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He also does much social work and heads a number of Islamic seminaries and bodies.