Maulana Mahmood MadaniLeader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India
Birth: 3 March 1964 (Age: 53)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: 10 million members of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind.
School of Thought: Deobandi, Hanafi, Traditional Sunni
Status: Featured in current year
Religio-Political Heavyweight: Madani has served as Secretary General of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, or Organization of Indian Scholars—one of the most prominent Islamic organizations in India. He has been outspoken in his opposition to the misuse of the term jihad as a tool of terrorism in India. Following fatal bomb blasts in 2008, he and others of the Darul Uloom Deoband institution hosted events condemning terrorism as inherently un-Islamic.
Defender of the Faith: As a respected political leader and Islamic scholar of India, Madani represented the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the esteemed community of scholars from Deoband when he addressed the Pakistani government, and Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik in particular, in an open letter regarding the commissioner’s remarks in December 2008 at the UN Security Council about terrorism stemming from ‘mullas in Deoband’. Maulana Madani is also a strong opponent of government interference in the madrasa system.