SBW on Top 500 Muslim list

2012-01-02 12:00

Wellington - New Zealand Islamic leaders are pushing to have All Black and "Muslim superstar" Sonny Bill Williams listed among the world's 500 most influential Muslims, it was reported on Sunday.

They are disappointed the world champion midfield back failed to make the 2011 list and will be writing to compilers - the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan - to have him included next year.

The Centre says its annual list provides a window on the "movers and shakers of the Muslim world", gives an insight into the ways Muslims impact on the world, and "shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today".

Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand senior vice-president Javed Khan said he will be writing to the centre to tell them about Williams, the Herald on Sunday reported.

"Sonny Bill Williams is probably the most famous Muslim in New Zealand and, in a Rugby World Cup year, has brought the faith to prominence," Khan said.

"I think the only reason he was not included in the list is because these people are not aware of the existence of New Zealand's Muslim superstar and we'll be writing to them to make sure he's there next year."

Williams converted to Islam in 2008 after attending prayer services at a Sydney mosque.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah topped the 2011 list of most influential Muslims.


  • Steenbra - 2012-01-02 10:56

    How the heck can King Abdullah be the most influential.. Firstly royalty in Islam is not accepted and 2ndly he record with regards to rights of people especially women can hardly be the reason that he tops that list..In my book he is a geriatric has been - 2012-01-02 11:12

      Royalty in islam not accepted?????? So then why are Bahrain, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and many other muslim countries ruled by Royal dynasties? BTW this is not a humanitarian list it is the most influential list.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-02 12:21

      SBW heds the list of dirtiest player in rugby, followed by Thorn :-)

      Steenbra - 2012-01-02 12:41

      Andre, the fact that there are monarchies in the countries you mention doesnt mean that it is correct or Islamic. Frankly I think it has to do with culture as opposed to Islam. Dont forget that the report is Jordanian based and they to are ruled by aking. My understanding of Islam is that the person most fit to rule should rule not one nominated by a king. With regards to your comment on humanitarian or influence imo is play on words. Fact is he is a lackey of the US in the middle east and even the Arab league is a body that has little influence in what happens amongst other league members, as is the case in Syria.

      Andre Bosch - 2012-01-02 13:42

      Steenbra. As a Muslim yourself you are entitled to your beliefs, but don't then portait them as rules of Islam. There are Sunni's in Saudi who believe there should be a king, there are Shi'ite's who belive their shouldn't be a king. It is all based on personal beliefs. I believe the Koran is mute on the point and doesn't mention it as acceptable or unacceptable. King Abdullah is the current custodian of the 2 Holy Mosques. If a monarchy was against Islamic practise then the Scholars would not allow the sitting king to be the custodian. There is no play on words between humanitarian and influential. Hitler was influential but not humanitarian. A friend of mine is a humanitarian but has little influence. This list is about influence and believe me King Abdullah has a LOT of influence.

      Elyaas Samsodien - 2012-01-02 14:53

      The king espouses influence by virtue (and vice) of position, status, bloodline...there is hardly an influential contribution he has made to humanity apart from spending ill-gotten oil wealth to promote a divisive religious agenda. Power and influence goes hand in hand...The world is weak when it confuses the powerful with the influential.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-02 14:58

      Andre I think Elyaas has responded better than what I could..King Abdullah is custodian of the Holy sites is because he is in power and they ordinary Arabs have little or no influence in the running of their affairs as Elyaas put it .

  • - 2012-01-02 11:08

    Errrrrrrmmmmm proof readers on holiday again? SBW is NOT on the list of top 500 that is the reason for the article.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 13:12

      All day, every day. Almost every article has some error. Oh well....

      Burtfred - 2012-01-03 07:51


      George - 2012-01-04 12:11

      Errrrrrmmmmmm, Andre I think everyone is aware of that, perhaps you should look at the opening issue by Steenbra regarding Abdullah and not SBW. Wakey wakey.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-02 11:41

    SBW is the only muslim rugby player I have heard of. Are there any more? Any that play in Super 15 or Curry Cup?

      Andre Bosch - 2012-01-02 12:09

      I'm not sure about SR or Currie Cup, but there are a lot of other Muslim players. There are national teams from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon etc. And then there are still a few that play in the Arabian Gulf. The Arabian Gulf leage consists of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

      Razz - 2012-01-02 12:17

      There are Muslim players that played / are playing Currie Cup rugby, eg. Yaya Hartzenberg & Ismail Dollie but they are NOT influential players.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-02 12:47

      Razz what about Nizaam Carr, who certainly is one of the better flanks on view presently. What u forget when u make a statement about being influential is a lot of players, Hartzenberg(in particular) has never been given an opportunity to strut his stuff but WP will Daniller at flank who is to say the least a journeyman.

      Dawie - 2012-01-04 12:12

      they tend to dissapear after the first crash bomb

  • Nibiru - 2012-01-02 12:11

    Ironically he played for the crusaders

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 13:11


      Sean - 2012-01-02 21:29

      As a S.A supporter , that booitjie is still good :)

  • Craig - 2012-01-02 15:04

    Brilliant news, can I recommend that they send him for Suicide Bomber training prior to this years rugby season, could be an explosive experience for him!!!!!

  • Craig - 2012-01-02 15:08

    In addition, he must now play in a large tent like dress with a scrum cap holding a towel over his face..........

      Sean - 2012-01-02 21:21

      LOL ! That booitjie can play and tackle , imagine he has a b......... strapped to him :) THAT IS MEANT TO BE JOKE :))

  • Mike - 2012-01-02 17:54

    Should South African rugby fans be concerned New Zealand have already named their new All Blacks coach, while South Africa will have to wait until January 27 to discover who will the Boks' reigns? No proof readers at sport24 either?

  • jowza1 - 2012-01-03 10:39

    andre,the kings were put in place by the british when they ruled those countries.those royals are kept in power by america and its allies.what do you think the arab spring is all about

  • Charles - 2012-01-03 18:08

    Poor man had to cut up his shirt to fit his arm through...

  • Charles - 2012-01-03 18:09

    Poor man had to cut his shirt to fit that arm through..

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