Amr Khalid, the Egyptian pop evangelist, was named recently by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people.
I don't doubt his influence. I just doubt it's a good one because in my opinion the last thing Muslims need, particularly young ones, is another authority figure to tell them the best way to blow their noses-- Islamicly.
But some would say it's better than authority figures telling them the best way to blow themselves up. Or those who tell them this crap. This is why he's being toasted in the West as a "moderate" Muslim.
Well, I think teaching them to be critical of authority figures, beard or no beard, works better to protect kids from the influence of all rascals.
CAIR invited him to give a lecture when he came to the US to receive his prize. Below is an excerpt. In just one minute he addresses women twice: "I feeeeeeeeeel for you," he says.
And I for you.