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500 Most Influential Muslim, 2009

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talaal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University in conjunction with The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre published their first edition of an annual series of the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world, whose teachings have had the greatest impact on the lives of Muslims worldwide. A free copy of the book may be downloaded here.

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Comment by mashal aqil ahmed on November 18, 2009 at 4:11pm
the book is available online in full text version at the following link:
Comment by Haqqani Fellowship on November 18, 2009 at 3:46pm
PLEASE VOTE: Sheikh Mehmet Nazim Adil al Qubrusi al Haqqani
Comment by Haqqani Fellowship on November 18, 2009 at 2:40pm
Comment by Mohamed Nassir on November 18, 2009 at 12:03am
Alhamdulillah. Great achievements by our shuyukh! Incidentally I am also listed in this listing.

Comment by Haqqani Fellowship on November 17, 2009 at 5:57pm
Muslim Media Network
Muslim 500 – A Listing of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World

November 17, 2009 by TMO

A fascinating new book has just been issued by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (in Jordan) in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

The book lists the 500 most influential people in the Muslim world, breaking the people into several distinct categories, scholarly, political, administrative, lineage, preachers, women, youth, philanthropy, development, science and technology, arts and culture, media, and radicals.

Before this breakdown begins however, the absolute most influential 50 people are listed, starting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The top 50 fit into 6 broad categories as follows: 12 are political leaders (kings, generals, presidents), 4 are spiritual leaders (Sufi shaykhs), 14 are national or international religious authorities, 3 are “preachers,” 6 are high-level scholars, 11 are leaders of movements or organizations.

The 500 appear to have been chosen largely in terms of their overt influence, however the top 50 have been chosen and perhaps listed in a “politically correct” order designed not to cause offense. For example, the first person listed is the Sunni political leader of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. The second person listed is the head of the largest Shi’a power, Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei. As these are not the two Muslim countries with the largest populations, and do not even represent the two countries with the most spiritual or religious relevance (Saudi Arabia yes, Iran no) therefore clearly the decision of spots one or two appears to have been motivated by a sense of political correctness.

There are some notable American Muslims listed in the book, including Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson of Zaytuna Institute, who is listed surprisingly at number 38. The world leader of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Sufi order, however, Sheikh Nazim al Haqqani, with millions of followers worldwide, is listed at number 49.

Another surprise is the listing of Keith Ellison, Tariq Ramadan and Ingrid Mattson among the “honorable mentions” in the book. Ingrid Mattson alone is likely more influential than Hamza Yusuf Hanson, for instance. Not to mention Rep. Keith Ellison. Even the Nobel prize winner Mohammad Yunus is listed only among the honorable mentions.

There are other surprises. After all the controversy, Sheikh Hisham Kabbani in the USA is listed among the most influential scholars in the Muslim world, and his relative Mohammad Rashid Qabbani, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon and its leading Sunni scholar, is also among the most influential scholars. The Shi’a marja Ayatullah Sayeed Mohammad Fadlallah is the other listed scholar for Lebanon.

The book’s appendices comprehensively list populations of Muslims in nations worldwide, and its introduction gives a snapshot view of different ideological movements within the Muslim world, breaking down clearly distinctions between traditional Islam and recent radical innovations.

People who are themselves prominent scholars contributed to or edited the book, including of course Georgetown University’s Professor John Esposito and Professor Ibrahim Kalin. Ed Marques and Usra Ghazi also edited and prepared the book. The book lists as consultants Dr. Hamza Abed al Karim Hammad, and Siti Sarah Muwahidah, with thanks to other contributors.

The entire book is available online (here: and we hope that it will be available for sale soon inside the United States. Currently it is not available.

To encourage the printing and release of the book in the United States you can contact Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at edu, or by phone at 202-687-8375.
Comment by Haqqani Fellowship on November 17, 2009 at 1:53pm
The entry for Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, representative of Mawlana Shaykh Nazim.
Comment by Haqqani Fellowship on November 17, 2009 at 1:52pm
This is the entry for Mawlana Shaykh Nazim:

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The Imam of the Naqshbandi Order said, "طريقتنا الصحبة والخير في الجمعية - Tariqatuna as-suhbah wa 'l-khayru fi 'l- jam`iyyah" - “Our way is fellowship, and the goodness is in the gathering”.

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1. The companionship of individuals in a pleasant atmosphere.

2. A close association of friends sharing similar interests.

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