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Top 50 Most Influential Muslim Leaders 2019

Top 50 Most Influential Muslim Leaders 2019 (10th Anniversary Edition)

Published in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims 2019, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan ranks 15th in the list of the Muslim Rulers and Politicians and 29th in the list of overall Muslim Leaders for the year 2019.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ranked first place on the list, while Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was ranked second in being the most influential Muslim, while Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein was ranked third.

The list, ‘World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims’ is prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre. Since 2009, Jordan-based Royal Islamic Studies Centre has been preparing the list every year, and its 10th edition for the year 2019 was published this month.

Pakistanis On the Top 50

Besides Prime Minister Imran Khan, three other religious personalities that have been included in the Muslim Leaders’ list are; Haji Muhammad Abdul-Wahhab, the emir of Tablighi Jamaat, Justice (retd) Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani and renowned religious scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel.

Maulana Taqi Usmani is placed on 6th, Haji Abdul-Wahab on 14th and Maulana Tariq Jameel secured 40th spot.

Top 50 Most Influential Muslim Leaders

  1. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (President of the Republic of Turkey)
  2. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al‑Saud (King of Saudi Arabia)
  3. King Abdullah II Ibn Al‑Hussein (King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)
  4. Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei (Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran)
  5. King Mohammed VI (King of Morocco)
  6. Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani (Religious Scholar)
  7.  Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani (Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq)
  8. Sheikh Al‑Habib Umar bin Hafiz (Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen)
  9. Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al‑Tayyeb Grand Sheikh of Al‑Azhar University, Grand Imam of Al‑Azhar Mosque)
  10. Sheikh Salman Al‑Ouda (Saudi scholar and educator)
  11. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah (President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies)
  12. Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al‑Sa’id (Sultan of Oman)
  13. Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman(Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia)
  14. Hajji Muhammad Abdul-Wahhab (Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan)
  15. HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al‑Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi)
  16. President Joko Widodo (President of Indonesia)
  17. President Muhammadu Buhari (President of Nigeria)
  18. Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa Former (Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt)
  19. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al‑Thani (Emir of Qatar)
  20. Professor Dr KH Said Aqil Siradj (Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama)
  21. Amirul Mu’minin Sheikh As-Sultan Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III (Sultan of Sokoto)
  22. Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse (Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order)
  23. Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah Secretary-General of Hezbollah
  24. Sheikh Habib ‘Ali Zain Al Abideen Al‑Jifri (Director General of the Tabah Foundation)
  25. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson (Teacher and Co-Founder of Zaytuna College)
  26. Sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al‑Sheikh (Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  27. Sheikha Munira Qubeysi (Leader of the Qubeysi)
  28. Rached Ghannouchi (Tunisian Politician)
  29. Imran Khan (Prime Minister of Pakistan)
  30. Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al‑Qaradawi (Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars)
  31. Moez Masoud (Preacher and Televangelist)
  32. Maulana Mahmood Madani (Leader and Executive Member of Jamiat Ule-ma-e-Hind, India)
  33. Dr Amr Khaled (Preacher and Social Activist)
  34. Mustafa Hosny (Preacher)
  35. Sheikh Usama Al‑Sayyid (Al‑Azhari Scholar)
  36. HH Shah Karim Al‑Hussayni, The Aga Khan IV (The Aga Khan)
  37. Habib Luthfi bin Yahya (Preacher)
  38. Sheikh Abdul-Malik Al‑Houthi (Leader of the Houthis)
  39. Sheikh Mahmud Effendi (Turkish Scholar and Preacher)
  40. Maulana Tariq Jameel (Pakistani Scholar and Preacher)
  41. Halimah Yacob (President of Singapore)
  42. Sheikh Muhammad Al‑Yaqoubi (Scholar)
  43. Professor Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Philosopher and University Professor)
  44. Mahathir Mohamad (Prime Minister of Malaysia)
  45. Sheikh Uthman Taha (Calligrapher)
  46. Mohammed Salah (Footballer)
  47. Sheikh Muqtada Sadr (Scholar and Politician)
  48. HE Dr Aref Ali Nayed (Scholar)
  49. Ahed Tamimi (Palestinian Activist)
  50. Mohamed Bechari (Political)

Wondering how these persons are selected? What is the Criterion? Then, follow the link to get the complete List of Top 50 Most Influential Muslim Leaders 2019 and all the details you need to know.


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