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Name: ABDUR RASHID SANTOS
Country:Philippines
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Category: Muslim Thought Leader of the Year (over 30)
Total Votes: 1129
 
 

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List of the nominee's achievements:

1. He is the Founder and President/Chairman of Islamic Guidance and Student Center in Caloocan City,Philippines. This center was the first Islamic center in North Caloocan – District 1, Philippines that cater the needs of the Muslims and Non-Muslims through the aid of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) a ladderized, modular non-formal education program in the Philippines for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths, non-readers, working Filipinos and even senior citizens. 2. He is the Board of Trustee of Mapayapang Ugnayan Samahan at Lakas ng Indiginong Muslim [Peaceful relationship, Association and Strength of the Indigenous Muslim) (M.U.S.L.I.M.) in the Philippines. 3. He actively gave Da'wah inside and outside of the jail in different areas in the Philippines (he was also given a Certificate as a Service Provider by the Republic of the Philippines, Department of the Interior and Local Government - Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (National Capital Region) in the year 2007. 4. He made a valuable contribution as a blood donor to the Rotaract Club of Bacolod East - District 3850 when he visited Bacolod City, Philippines (Bacolod is located in the Visayas region with approximately 731KM from Manila). 5. He is the only Philippine-Muslim who works in Greenpeace Philippines (Southeast Asia) [an International Environmental Organization] who received an Outstanding Direct Dialogue Campaigner Award (highest number of sign-ups) in the year 2006 (he surpasses the record of Indonesia and Thailand and even up to now his record remains unbeatable). He was also awarded and known as a Team Leader and Coach of the Year (2009) 6. He participated in the First National Summit of Ulama in the Philippines organized by Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy and Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. to empower Muftis and Ulama. 7. He was granted by the Republic of the Philippines, Office of the Civil Registrar General - National Statistics Office in Manila an authority to Solemnize Marriage covering the entire Philippines. 8. He was recognized and appreciated by the Islamic Culture and Educational Club, Inc in Baranggay Libid, Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines for the success of their Islamic symposium. 9. He gave his unwavered full support by sharing his knowledge on Muslim Religion, Beliefs, Customs, and Traditions to Republic of the Philippines, National Police Commission - Philippine National Police - Police Regional Office Mimaropa in Oriental Mindoro Police Provincial Office in Calapan City, Mindoro (Calapan City, Mindoro is approximately 182KM from Manila) 10. He gave da'wah and was recognized as a lecturer on Islam by the Institute of Theological Formation (UST-ITF) Faculty of Sacred Theology Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (a known and one of the oldestCatholic University in the Philippines) in the year 2010. 11. He participated in the Muslim Action for Climate Change supported by the Peace Equity Foundation (PEF) which was organized by The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy, Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc. and Republic of the Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 12. He is a known Islamic radio broadcaster in greater Manila, Philippines (He had a Radio Program before entitled: “You and Islam” [Ikaw at ang Islam] aired every Friday at 11PM-12MN at DWAD 1098KHZ – Crusaders Broadcasting System). 13. He is a consultant of various Masajids and Islamic centers in the Philippines (i.e., Masjid Abyadh wal Jamaah, Pasay Islamic Englightenment and Guidance Center, and many more). 14. He spearheaded and presently working on the establishment and legality of the Islamic library in the area of Camp Macabulos, San Vicente, Tarlac City (Tarlac City is approximately, 118KM from Manila) 15. He was the first Philippine-Muslim who broke-out the silence by giving correct facts, accurate research and information on the first and ever “Islamic Radio Documentary” which was played on the radio program of The Voice of Truth aired at DWDD 1134KHZ – Armed Forces Radio, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines. 16. He is the only Philippine-Muslim who has the highest number of friends and followers on his facebook “PERSONAL ACCOUNT” (NOTE: facebook personal account, not page) [GATHERING HIGHEST NUMBER OF FRIENDS ON PERSONAL ACCOUNT is awesomely different compared to gathering likes using facebook page.] (*Friends: 5,000 *Followers: 8,100+, *Pending Friend Request: almost 2,000+) {as of 27 August 2014}

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

He is a reverted Muslim (formerly Born Again Christian), an Islamic propagator, and a popular figure in various Islamic radio programs and centers in the Philippines because of his fruitful knowledge on Islam and comparative religion. He traveled to Thailand, Indonesia to attend skill-share when he was in Greenpeace, and at present in United Arab Emirates not just only to work as a Public Relations Officer in an IT company, but to be of service to the Overseas Filipino Workers who are needing legal advices and assistance in regards to the registration of their Marriage and Conversion to Islam Certificate in Shari’a court in Zamboanga City, Philippines. In fact, he is the only Muslim speaker that shared the importance of Muslim Laws and its Code held at the Philippine Consulate General of Dubai, United Arab Emirates which was organized by Gulf Law. He was also actively involved in activities set by different Islamic centers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; such as, Dubai International Peace Convention (Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for World Peace) last 2012, Al Multaqa Ramadhan Forum 2013 and 2014 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and New Muslim Retreat (for new reverts) organized by Islamic Information Centre – Dubai at the Dar Al Ber Society. The Islamic center and library he established in Philippines is a non-profitable organization because he believes in the saying of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), “seeking knowledge is an obligation upon all Muslims (male and female)”. For him, knowledge can be acquired thru reading, listening and traveling because calling the people to Islam is a noble job but a challenging task. Allah ta’ala knows best!

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

He strongly believed that being an Islamic propagator is not a part-time job nor a business, but a life-time commitment until someone reaches his grave and face the Creator-Allah. He serves as a wake-up caller, an eye-opener to all truth-seekers and a champion of Islam against spiritual war mongers. His astounding achievement speaks for himself that’s why no other words to say except, Alhamdulillah – the Man from Philippines was born to guide, help and defend the crying Ummah of today! Allah ta’ala knows best!

 
How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

Whether Islamic or even a social gatherings in schools or even at work there is a chance to convey the message of Islam. In each place that he visited and with every people whom his words have been heard whether it may be about the law of man or law of God he never fail to give emphasize even with a hint that the only way and key to salvation is thru submission to the will of our Creator. It is like planting a seed and watching it grow in the life of those people and seeing them prosper and successful in their faith. In reality, every people whom he encountered along the way are the people who will carry the same message he started by virtue of his astonishing achievements he pioneered and by that - it will forever be remained, in-sha’Allah!

 
List of any references that support the nomination, i.e books, magazaines, websites, ..etc

www.facebook.com/abdurrashidsantos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpV732nmLFk