Famous Muslims

Can you name these famous Muslims, past and present?
For royal personages, give their first name
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
First submittedOctober 15, 2012
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Clue
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Founder of Islam
Muhammad
Daughter of the above, wife of Ali
Fatimah
Civil rights activist born Malcolm Little
Malcolm X
Boxer who beat Liston, Frazier,
and Foreman
Muhammad Ali
Female Prime Minister of Pakistan,
assassinated in 2007
Benazir Bhutto
Singer-songwriter formerly known
as Cat Stevens
Yusuf Islam
Chivalrous nemesis of the Crusaders
Saladin
Founder of Pakistan
Muhammad Ali
Jinnah
Turkish-American heart surgeon
who appears on Oprah
Mehmet Oz
King of Saudi Arabia, 2005-2015
King Abdullah
Clue
Answer
PLO chairman, 1969-2004
Yasser Arafat
Iranian Ayatollah, 1979-1989
Ruhollah Khomeini
Writer, born Muslim, who had a bounty
placed on his head by the above
Salman Rushdie
Former member of One Direction
Zayn Malik
Ear-biting boxer
Mike Tyson
L.A. Lakers great known
for his sky hook
Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar
American-born Queen of Jordan
Queen Noor
President of Afghanistan, 2004-2014
Hamid Karzai
Head of al-Qaeda, killed in 2011
Osama Bin Laden
Head-butting soccer player who won
a World Cup on Team France
Zinedine Zidane
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Level 40
Jan 12, 2013
Great quiz. Nice range of people. Can't believe I missed Saladin... I've been to his bloomin' mosque.
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Level 81
Jun 17, 2013
It's okay. I sometimes miss questions about Australia and I've eaten their bloomin' onions before.
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Level 62
Jun 23, 2018
(Slow Clap with nods of approval)
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Level 32
Jan 12, 2013
Zidane and Tyson are new to me... and surprising.
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Level 78
Dec 3, 2016
Tyson converted at some point but Zidane is obviously of Algerian descent
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Level 81
Jun 17, 2013
Anyone who got #12 right should try my "Kings of Saudi Arabia" quiz.

Surprisingly, none of them were named Muhammad, the most famous Muslim name and currently the most popular name in the world. It's so common around here that if you don't know someone and want to get their attention it's common just to shout out "Hamed!" (short for Muhammad).. as if you can just safely assume that there's a good chance that's what his name is. If I had been told this before coming here I would have assumed it was an insult or put-down, but I've seen for myself it's actually true.

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Level 78
May 28, 2014
I kept trying to type in King Faisal. I really need to keep up with current events.
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Level 69
Nov 8, 2015
This needs updating. Both the president of Afghanistan and the king of Saudi Arabia have since changed
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Level 71
Dec 5, 2015
Seconded
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2017
Updated
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Level 81
Feb 20, 2017
What do you have to type to get Muhammad Ali Jinnah? Jinnah certainly wasn't enough and while Mohammad and Mohammad Ali were enough for the two earlier ones, Mohammad Ali Jinnah didn't work either.
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2017
Sorry. My mistake. I've been making too many errors lately, and I'll try to be more careful in the future.
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Level 74
Feb 21, 2017
Spelling: Yusuf Islam
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2017
Fixed. Can't believe no one mentioned that for over 4 years!
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2017
Saladin is spelled correctly as Salahuddin, plz correct it. I spent minutes trying to guess the correct spelling. I know how to read arabic and it is spelled correctly like that.

Overall, a very good quiz

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Level 71
Feb 26, 2017
That would actually be nice. I had similar thoughts but of course I knew the Anglicized version of the name since that's what usually used in English. I agree that the proper spelling should be accepted for the few Arabs (like myself) who actually visit JetPunk and don't happen to know the Anglicized version!
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Level 81
Feb 26, 2017
Salah ad-Din, actually. But that and Salahuddin are never accepted.
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Level 41
Feb 27, 2017
Yeah i learnt that distinction from the Satanic Verses, when Saladin's father got pissy with him for changing it from Salahuddin.

The thing i don't get with that book: maybe it didn't translate to Arabic too well, and thus the outrage. It was a bloody hard read in English, so i can't imagine how it went.

But ok, so people are offended. But the way in which the story is told, it portrays Muhammed and Islam in an overall positive light.

It got me interested in the story of Muhammed, triggered an interest in the history of Islam as whole.

I'm not convinced that Khomeini or his advisers actually read the book, rather they just took excerpts out of context and got offended.

Rushdie was definitely stirring the pot with it though. I just don't think he expected to stir it that much. That's what you get for being clever Sal.

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Level 76
Feb 28, 2017
Actually it is An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub. Arabian noblity of the time tend to have deceptively long names. Can't remember about a quarter of Abd-ar-Rahman III name to be honest.
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Level 81
Mar 6, 2017
Arabs today still have ridiculously long names, royalty or not, if you're going to throw in all the "ibn"s.

As for the Satanic Verses, I'm quite sure 99% of those calling for Rushdie's death never read it. That's usually not how those things work. The sort of people who enthusiastically get behind calls for murder against someone for insulting a known rapist/thug/war criminal/pedophile are not usually the sort given to thoughtful literary criticism.

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Level ∞
Feb 26, 2017
Various non-Anglicized versions will work now.
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Level 51
May 15, 2018
Nice quiz. abdul-Aziz may be added/replaced with Mike Tyson as it was his Muslim name
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Level 79
Aug 29, 2018
Salman Rushdie was raised a Muslim, but identifies as an atheist.
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Level 60
Apr 9, 2020
Are you sure Osama Bin Laden is famous?
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Infamous
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Level 54
Nov 25, 2020
Whose picture is on thumbnail ?
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Level 43
Feb 2, 2021
Add Malala Yousafzai.
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Level 35
May 15, 2021
Actually, almost every muslim does not count Laden as a muslim.
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Level 48
May 15, 2021
Yes, agreed.