For the fourth year The Muslim 500: The Worlds 500 Most Influential Muslims was released. The report is published by S. Abdallah Schleifer, Professor Emeritus & Senior Fellow Kamal Adham Center for Television & Digital Journalism, The American University in Cairo.
The report states, “There are 1.65 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23% of the world’s population, or one-fifth of mankind. As well as being citizens of their respective countries, they also have a sense of belonging to the ‘ummah’, the worldwide Muslim community.”
“This publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community (ummah),” states the authors.
“Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim World. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course. The selection of people for this publication in no way means that we endorse their views; rather we are simply trying to measure their influence,” notes the report.
The top ten most influential Muslims in the world are:
1. His Majesty King Abdullah bin ‘Abd Al ‘Aziz Al-Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
2. His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
3. His Majesty Amir al-Mu’minin King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
4. Dr. Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood
5. His Highness Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar
6. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah, Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
7. His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
8. His Eminence Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University,
Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque
9. His Excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia
10. Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen, Turkish Muslim Preacher
To read the entire report click here.