Top 500 Most Influential Muslims: Saudi King top and Erdogan 2nd

Top 500 Most Influential Muslims: Saudi King tops, Erdogan 2nd and See The Top 50

By Areeb Hasni Available at:

There is a major change in the The Top 500 Most Influential Muslims for 2012 that has been issued for last four years by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

The RISSC is an independent research entity affiliated with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought is an international Islamic non-governmental, independent institute headquartered in Amman, the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan.

This publication is part of an annual series that provides a window into the movers and shakers of the Muslim world. It gives valuable insight into the different ways that Muslims impact the world and also shows the diversity of how people are living as Muslims today.

According to RISSC nominations were evaluated on the basis of the influence that particular Muslims have had within the Muslim community and the manner in which their influence has benefited the Muslim community, both within the Islamic world and in terms of representing Islam to non-Muslims.

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The list of top 50 persons are as follow:

King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
H.M. King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
Dr Mohammed Badiem, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Tayyeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia
Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen, Turkish Muslim Preacher
Muhammad Morsi Isa Al-Ayyat, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id, Sultan of Oman
Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani, Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq
Sheikh Dr Ali Goma’a, Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt
General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi, Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars
Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab, Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan
Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al Sheikh, Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr K.H. Said Aqil Siradj, Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama
Sheikh Salman Al Ouda, Saudi Scholar and Educator
Sheikha Munira Qubeysi, Leader of the Qubeysi Movement
Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto Nigeria
Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse, Ali Cisse Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order, Senegal
President Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey
Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam
Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qaadiri Al Azhari, Barelwi Leader and Spiritual Guide, India
Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan Al-Bouti, Leading Islamic Scholar in Syria,
Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah, Lebanon
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, Deputy-Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Mauritania
Mohammad bin Mohammad Al-Mansour, Imam of the Zaidi Sect of Shi‘a Muslims, Yemen
Shah Karim Al Hussayni, The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims, France
Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Leading Scholar of Islamic Jurisprudence, Pakistan
Sheikh Mohammad Ali Al Sabouni, Scholar of Tafsir, Syria
Dr Amr Khaled, Preacher and Social Activist, Egypt
President Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestinian Territories
Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen, Yemen
Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Jordan
Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Professor Dr M Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of Muhammadiyya, Indonesia, Indonesia
Maulana Mahmood Madani, Leader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India
Habib Ali Zain Al Abideen Al Jifri, Director General of the Tabah Foundation, UAE
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Founder of Zaytuna Institute, USA
Professor Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Turkey
Professor Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Islamic Philosopher, United States of America
Sheikh Mehmet Nazim Adil Al-Qubrusi Al-Haqqani, Leader of Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order, Cyprus
Sheikh Professor Dr Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Secrtary General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Saudi Arabia
Khaled Mashaal, Leader of Hamas, Palestine
Dr Aref Ali Nayed, Scholar, Libya
Timothy Winter (Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad), Scholar, United Kingdom

Zulkifli Hasan
Melbourne Law School


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