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


Amman, Jordan: Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud is the most influencing personality in the Muslim World following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan.

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.

The personalities from the following fields are chosen on their influence and contribution to the field:

  1. Administration of Religious Affairs
  2. Arts & Culture
  3. Business
  4. Celebrities & Sports Stars
  5. Issues of the Day
  6. Media
  7. Philanthropy, Charity & Development
  8. Political
  9. Preachers & Spiritual Guides
  10. Qur’an Recitors
  11. Radicals
  12. Scholarly
  13. Science & Technology
  14. Social Issues

The list of top 50 persons are as follow:

  1. King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

    King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

  2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

  3. H.M. King Mohammed VI

    King of Morocco

  4. Dr Mohammed Badie

    Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt

  5. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

    Emir of Qatar

  6. Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei

    Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

  7. H.M. King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein

    King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

  8. Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al Tayyeb

    Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque

  9. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

    President of Indonesia

  10. Hodjaefendi Fethullah Gülen

    Turkish Muslim Preacher

  11. Muhammad Morsi Isa Al-Ayyat

    President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

  12. Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Aal Sa’id

    Sultan of Oman

  13. Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani

    Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq

  14. Sheikh Dr Ali Goma’a

    Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt

  15. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

    Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces

  16. Sheikh Dr Yusuf Al Qaradawi

    Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars

  17. Hajji Muhammad Abd Al Wahhab

    Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan

  18. Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Aal Al Sheikh

    Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  19. Dr K.H. Said Aqil Siradj

    Chairman of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama

  20. Sheikh Salman Al Ouda

    Saudi Scholar and Educator

  21. Sheikha Munira Qubeysi

    Leader of the Qubeysi Movement

  22. Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III

    Sultan of Sokoto Nigeria

  23. Sheikh Ahmad Tijani bin Ali Cisse

    Ali Cisse Leader of the Tijaniyya Sufi Order, Senegal

  24. President Abdullah Gül

    President of Turkey

  25. Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah

    Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam

  26. Mufti Muhammad Akhtar Raza Khan Qaadiri Al Azhari

    Barelwi Leader and Spiritual Guide, India

  27. Sheikh Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan Al-Bouti

    Leading Islamic Scholar in Syria

  28. Seyyed Hasan Nasrallah

    Secretary General of Hezbollah, Lebanon

  29. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah

    Deputy-Head of the International
    Union of Muslim Scholars, Mauritania

  30. Mohammad bin Mohammad Al-Mansour

    Imam of the Zaidi Sect of Shi‘a Muslims, Yemen

  31. Shah Karim Al Hussayni

    The Aga Khan IV, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims, France

  32. Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani

    Leading Scholar of Islamic Jurisprudence, Pakistan

  33. Sheikh Mohammad Ali Al Sabouni

    Scholar of Tafsir, Syria

  34. Dr Amr Khaled

    Preacher and Social Activist, Egypt

  35. President Mahmoud Abbas

    President of Palestinian Territories

  36. Habib Umar bin Hafiz

    Director of Dar Al Mustafa, Tarim, Yemen, Yemen

  37. Queen Rania Al Abdullah

    Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Jordan

  38. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned

    Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, Qatar

  39. Professor Dr M Din Syamsuddin

    Chairman of Muhammadiyya, Indonesia, Indonesia

  40. Maulana Mahmood Madani

    Leader and Executive Member of
    Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, India

  41. Habib Ali Zain Al Abideen Al Jifri

    Director General of the Tabah Foundation, UAE

  42. Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

    Founder of Zaytuna Institute, USA

  43. Professor Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu

    Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Turkey

  44. Professor Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr

    Islamic Philosopher, United States of America

  45. Sheikh Mehmet Nazim Adil Al-Qubrusi Al-Haqqani

    Leader of Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Order, Cyprus

  46. Sheikh Professor Dr Mustafa Ceric

    Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina

  47. Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri

    Secrtary General of the Islamic Educational,
    Scientific and Cultural Organization, Saudi Arabia

  48. Khaled Mashaal

    Leader of Hamas, Palestine

  49. Dr Aref Ali Nayed

    Scholar, Libya

  50. Timothy Winter (Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad)

    Scholar, United Kingdom

To check out 2011 top 50 click here.


  1. I think Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman , Chairman of Jamiat Ulmai Islam the largest islamic party in Pakistan , he must be in top 50 . Because he has a great power .