List of 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world released

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi's name also appears in the list

Jordan: Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) has released The 2020 Edition of the Muslim 500 naming 500 Influential Muslims of the world.

Leading scholar of Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic finance Justice Sheikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani tops the list, while, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is named the ‘Man of the year’, and US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has been named ‘Woman of the year’.

Ayatollah Khamenei the second Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran is on second number. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on 6th number. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on 24th position.

• The Top 50 •

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

In The 2020 Edition of the Muslim 500 (The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims), the first 50 persons are religious leaders and chiefs of the states while the remaining 450 persons belong to 13 other fields including politics, social and media fields.

Under the head Administration of Religious Affairs, the list also mentions eight other Indians including Shaikh Abooobackar Ahmed, Sayyid Ibrahimul Khaleel Al-Bukhari, Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, Maulana Shakir Ali Noorie, Hyderabad MP and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and Maulana Zuhair ul Hassan.

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