World's 500 Most Influential Muslims including 32 Pakistanis

The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500) is annually published by Royal Islamic Strategic Center, Jordan since 2009. 

List of 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for 2014-15 has recently been published. It starts with overall Top-50 Muslims, the remaining 450 most influential Muslims are country-wise divided into 13 categories without ranking.

The top 10 list, overwhelmed with the presence of kings and rulers, except Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab, who is the Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan. 

Top 10 Most Influential Muslims of the World

  1. His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  2. His Eminence Professor Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad al Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of the Al Azhar University, Grand Imam of the Al Azhar Mosque
  3. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  4. His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  5. His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
  6. His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
  7. His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hussein Sistani, Marja of the Hawza, Najaf, Iraq
  8. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al-Sa’id Sultan of Oman
  9. His Highness General Al-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
  10. Hajji Mohammed Abdal Wahhab - Amir of Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan

Most Influential Pakistanis 

32 persons from Pakistan feature in the list of 500 “Most Influential Muslims of the World”. Among the top 50, however, there are only two known figures from Pakistan: 

  • Hajji Mohammed Abd Al-Wahhab Amir of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan (at 10th position)
  • Sheikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (at 19th position)

Following is a category-wise list of Pakistanis included in The Muslim 500.

Administration of Religious Affairs 

  • Mawlana Saleemullah Khan
  • Ayatollah Sayed Sajid Ali Naqvi
  • Siraj ul Haq

Arts and Culture

  • Al-Hajj Siddiq Ismail
  • Junaid Jamshed
  • Abida Parveen
  • Muhammad Owais Raza Qadri



Celebrities and Sports



  • Zaid Hamid
  • Aamir Liaquat Hussain
  • Mir Shakil ur Rehman

Philanthropy, Charity and Development

  • Abdul Sattar Edhi
  • Chaudhary Faisal Mushtaq
  • Prof. Dr. Adib Rizvi


  • Maulana Fazalur Rehman
  • Imran Khan
  • Nawaz Sharif

Preachers and Spiritual Guides

  • Dr. Ahmad Rafique Akhtar
  • Ameer Muhammad Akram Awan
  • Khanum Tayyaba Bukhari
  • Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadiri
  • Maulana Tariq Jameel

Qur’an Reciters





  • Dr. Akbar Ahmed
  • Dr. Farhat Hashmi
  • Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Hussain Najafi
  • Dr. Shaykh Tahir ul Qadri

Science and Technology

  • Prof. Atta-ur-Rehman
  • Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
  • Umar Saif

Social Issues

  • Asma Jehangir
  • Malala Yousufzai

There is no person selected from Pakistan in Business, Celebrities and Sports, Quran Reciters, and Extremists categories.


  1. How in the hell Aamir Liaqat Hussain has become important. A person with fake degrees who changes his political opinion twice daily and who uses his religious talent to get into politics and tv shows to amass wealth.

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