500 Most Influential Muslims

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The 500 Most Influential Muslims
AuthorJohn L. Esposito, İbrahim Kalın, Usra Ghazi, Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim–Christian Understanding, Kenan Stockmore
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Series1st Edition (2009)
2nd Edition (2010)
3rd Edition (2011)
4th Edition (2012)
5th Edition (2013/14)
6th Edition (2014/15)
7th Edition (2016)
8th Edition (2017)
9th Edition (2018)
10th Edition (2019)
11th Edition (2020)
SubjectBiographical dictionary
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherRoyal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Createspace
Publication date
January 16, 2009 (2009-01-16)
Media typeOnline, print
Pages206
ISBN978-9957-428-37-2
OCLC514462119
Websitehttps://www.themuslim500.com/

500 Most Influential Muslims is an annual publication that ranks the most influential muslims in the world.

Current top ten[change | change source]

Rank Change Name Citizenship Age Image Occupation Source of Influence Influence School of Thought Previous rankings
1 Increase5 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[1] Turkey
Turkey
(1954-02-26) February 26, 1954 (age 68) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 2019 (cropped).jpg President of Turkey Political President of 83.6 million Turkish citizens Sunni, Hanafi 5 (2009)
2 (2010) Increase3
3 (2011) Decrease1
2 (2012) Increase1
6 (2013/14) Decrease4
6 (2014/15) Steady
8 (2016) Decrease2
8 (2017) Steady
5 (2018) Increase3
1 (2019) Increase4
6 (2020) Decrease5
1 (2021) Increase5
2 Increase2 King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
(1935-12-31) December 31, 1935 (age 86) Salman bin Abdull aziz December 9, 2013.jpg King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Political King with authority over 26 million residents of Saudi Arabia and approximately 14 million pilgrims annually. Moderate Salafi Unlisted (2009)
Unlisted (2010)
Unlisted (2011)
Unlisted (2012)
Unlisted (2013/14)
Unlisted (2014/15)
3 (2016) Increase
3 (2017) Steady
2 (2018) Increase1
2 (2019) Steady
4 (2020) Decrease2
2 (2021) Increase2
3 Decrease1 Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran
Iran
(1939-07-17) July 17, 1939 (age 82) Seyyed Ali Khamenei.jpg Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Political, Administrative Supreme Leader of 82.5 million Iranians. Traditional Twelver Shi‘a, Revolutionary Shi'ism, Usuli 2 (2009)
3 (2010) Increase1
5 (2011) Decrease2
6 (2012) Decrease1
3 (2013/14) Increase3
3 (2014/15) Steady
4 (2016) Decrease
4 (2017) Steady
4 (2018) Steady
4 (2019) Steady
2 (2020) Increase2
3 (2021) Decrease1
4 Increase1 King Abdullah II of Jordan Jordan
Jordan
(1962-01-30) January 30, 1962 (age 60) King Abdullah II (cropped).jpg King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Political, Lineage King with authority over approximately 7 million Jordanians and outreach to Traditional Islam. Custodian of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem. Traditional Sunni 4 (2009)
4 (2010) Steady
4 (2011) Steady
7 (2012) Decrease3
4 (2013/14) Increase3
4 (2014/15) Steady
1 (2016) Increase3
2 (2017) Decrease1
3 (2018) Decrease1
3 (2019) Steady
5 (2020) Decrease3
4 (2021) Increase1
5 Decrease4 Mufti Taqi Usmani Pakistan
Pakistan
(1943-10-05) October 5, 1943 (age 78) Deobandi leader Scholar Leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence who is considered to be the intellectual leader of the Deobandi movement. Hanafi, Sunni 27 (2009)
31 (2010) Decrease4
32 (2011) Decrease1
32 (2012) Steady
25 (2013/14) Increase7
19 (2014/15) Increase6
22 (2016) Decrease3
6 (2017) Increase16
7 (2018) Decrease1
6 (2019) Increase1
1 (2020) Increase5
5 (2021) Decrease4
6 Increase1 King Mohammed VI of Morocco Morocco
Morocco
(1963-08-21) August 21, 1963 (age 58) King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Africa Forum Summit 2015 (cropped).jpg King of Morocco Political, Administrative, Development King with authority over 32 million Moroccans. Traditional Sunni, Maliki 3 (2009)
5 (2010) Decrease2
2 (2011) Increase3
3 (2012)Decrease1
5 (2013/14) Decrease2
5 (2014/15) Steady
5 (2016) Steady
5 (2017) Steady
6 (2018) Decrease1
5 (2019) Increase1
7 (2020) Decrease2
6 (2021) Increase1
7 Decrease4 H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan United Arab Emirates
UAE
(1961-03-11) March 11, 1961 (age 61) His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on February 11, 2016.jpg Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Administration of Religious Affairs, Philanthropy, Charity and Development, Political Military and political leadership. Traditional Sunni 22 (2009)
22 (2010) Steady
18 (2011) Increase4
15 (2012) Increase3
10 (2013/14) Increase5
9 (2014/15) Increase1
7 (2016) Decrease2
12 (2017) Decrease5
15 (2018) Decrease3
15 (2019) Steady
3 (2020) Increase12
7 (2021) Decrease4
8 Steady Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani Iraq
Iraq
(1930-08-04) August 4, 1930 (age 91) Ali Sistani edit1.jpg Marja' of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq Scholarly, Lineage Highest authority for 21 million Iraqi Shi‘a, and also internationally as religious authority to Usuli Twelver Shi‘a. Traditional Twelver Shi‘a, Usuli 7 (2009)
8 (2010) Decrease1
10 (2011) Decrease2
13 (2012) Decrease3
8 (2013/14) Increase5
7 (2014/15) Increase1
9 (2016) Decrease2
7 (2017) Increase2
8 (2018) Decrease1
7 (2019) Increase1
8 (2020) Decrease1
8 (2021) Steady
9 Steady Sheikh Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz Yemen
Yemen
May 27,1963 (age 58–59) Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tareem, Yemen Scholarly, Spiritual leader and Preacher, Lineage Millions of traditional Muslim followers globally. Traditional Sunni, Shafi'i, Ba 'Alawiy Sufi. 28 (2016) Steady
25 (2017) Increase3
10 (2018) Increase15
8 (2019) Increase2
9 (2020) Decrease1
9 (2021) Steady
10 Increase1 Salman al-Ouda Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
(1956-12-14) December 14, 1956 (age 65) Salman al-Ouda.jpg Saudi Muslim scholar. Scholar Influential Muslim Cleric on Arab World. Traditional Sunni, Hanbali 19 (2017) {{}}
11 (2018) Increase8
10 (2019) Increase1
11 (2020) Decrease1
10 (2021) Increase1

Previous top ten entrants[change | change source]

Rank Change Name Citizenship Age Image Occupation Source of Influence Influence School of Thought Previous rankings
11 Decrease5 Qaboos bin Said al Said Oman
Oman
(1940-11-18) November 18, 1940 (age 81) QaboosBinSaidAlSaid.jpg Sultan of Oman Lineage, Political, Development Leader of 4 million citizens and residents of Oman. Traditional Ibadi 6 (2009)
6 (2010) Steady
9 (2011) Decrease3
12 (2011) Decrease3
9 (2013/14) Increase3
8 (2014/15) Increase1
6 (2016) Increase2
12 Decrease5 H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan United Arab Emirates
UAE
(1961-03-11) March 11, 1961 (age 61) General Mohammed bin Zayed.jpg Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Administration of Religious Affairs, Philanthropy, Charity and Development, Political Military and political leadership. Traditional Sunni 22 (2009)
22 (2010) Steady
18 (2011) Increase4
15 (2012) Increase3
10 (2013/14) Increase5
9 (2014/15) Increase1
7 (2016) Decrease2
13 Decrease1 Ahmed el-Tayeb Egypt
Egypt
(1946-01-01) January 1, 1946 (age 76) Ahmed el-Tayeb May 2015 (17963337671).jpg Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University and Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque Administrative Highest scholarly authority for a majority of Sunni Muslims, runs the foremost and largest Sunni Islamic university with close to 400,000 students. Traditional Sunni 25 (2009)
7 (2010) Increase18
7 (2011) Steady
8 (2012) Increase1
1 (2013/14) Increase7
2 (2014/15) Decrease1
2 (2016) Steady
31 Increase1 Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi Qatar
Qatar
(1926-09-09) September 9, 1926 (age 95) Qardawi.JPG Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Scholarly Leading scholar for global Muslim Brotherhood movement, host of Ash-Shariah wal-Hayat on Al Jazeera with 40 million viewers worldwide. Muslim Brotherhood, Sunni 9 (2009)
14 (2010) Decrease5
13 (2011) Decrease1
16 (2013/14) Decrease3
31 (2014/15) Decrease15
32 (2016) Decrease1
48 Decrease33 Muhammet Fethullah Gülen Turkey
Turkey
(1941-04-27) April 27, 1941 (age 81) Fethullah Gülen cropped.jpg Turkish Muslim preacher and founder of the Gülen movement Scholarly Figure of spiritual and social leadership for millions of Turkish Muslims and others around the world. Own movement 13 (2009)
13 (2011) Steady
15 (2011) Decrease2
10 (2011) Increase5
11 (2013/14) Decrease1
14 (2014/15) Decrease3
15 (2016) Increase1
55 Decrease39 Sheikh Ali Gomaa Egypt
Egypt
(1953-03-03) March 3, 1953 (age 69) Ali Gomaa.JPG Grand Mufti of The Arab Republic of Egypt Scholarly, Political Legal authority for 87 million Egyptians. Traditional Sunni, Shafi‘i 10 (2009)
10 (2010) Steady
12 (2011) Decrease2
14 (2013/14) Decrease2
15 (2014/15) Decrease1
16 (2016) Increase1
Top 450 Steady Dr Mohammed Badie Egypt
Egypt
(1943-08-07) August 7, 1943 (age 78) Mohammed Badiea.jpg Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Administrative, Political, International Islamic Networks Leader of a transnational movement in Egypt and across the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom, and United States. Traditional Sunni, Muslim Brothers Unlisted (2009)
12 (2010)
8 (2011) Decrease4
4 (2012) Increase4
36 (2013/14) Decrease32
Top 450 (2014/15) Decrease414
Top 450 (2016) Steady
Unlisted Decrease450 Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Qatar
Qatar
(1952-01-01) January 1, 1952 (age 70) Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (cropped).jpg Emir of Qatar Political, Administrative, Lineage, Philanthropy Political leader of over 1.5 million residents of oil-rich Qatar. Moderate Salafi Unlisted (2009)
21 (2010)
6 (2011) Increase15
5 (2011) Decrease1
Unlisted (2013/14) Decrease
Top 450 (2014/15) Increase
Top 450 (2016) Steady
Unlisted Decrease President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Indonesia
Indonesia
(1949-09-09) September 9, 1949 (age 72) SusiloBambangYudhoyono.jpg President of Indonesia Political, Development Leader of 233.5 million citizens and residents of Indonesia. Traditional Sunni Unspecified (2009)
9 (2010)
11 (2011) Decrease2
9 (2011) Increase2
7 (2013/14) Decrease2
Unlisted (2014/15)
Unlisted (2016)Decrease
Unlisted Deceased King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
(1924-08-01)August 1, 1924 – January 23, 2015(2015-01-23) (aged 90) King Abdullah bin Abdul al-Saud January 2007.jpg King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Political, Administrative, Lineage King who had authority over 26 million residents of Saudi Arabia, 2.4 million Hajj pilgrims and approximately 14 million Umrah pilgrims annually. Moderate Salafi 1 (2009)
1 (2010) Steady
1 (2011) Steady
1 (2012) Steady
2 (2013/14) Decrease1)
1 (2014/15) Increase1
Unlisted (2016)Decrease

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Top 50". Retrieved 16 February 2021.