By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Tinejdad, Morocco, July 23, 2012
The Royal Center for Research and Islamic Studies has ranked King Mohammed VI second among the 50 most influential leaders in the Muslim world.
The Royal Center, which is considered a neutral civic organization, listed the Moroccan King as the second most influential Islamic figure after Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Saudi king, who topped the list in the classification published on the (RCRIS) Web site about the most influential people in the Muslim world.
To classify the top influential figures in the Islamic world, the centre relies upon strict criteria including personal popularity in the Muslim world and within its surroundings, the management and handling of current socio-political issues, and the way these popular figures respond and deal with the “Arab Spring” that has toppled down nearly all Arab dictators.
After the “Arab Spring”, many prominent names are excluded in the classification of the Center for Research and Islamic Studies of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Foundation for Islamic Thought in Amman (Jordan).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister, was ranked third, while Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of Jordan, was counted in fourth place. Khaled Meshaal, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, ranked 39.
The following is a list of the top ten most influential Muslim figures based on the classification of the Royal Center for Research and Islamic Studies:
1. Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Saudi King
2. Mohammed VI, King of Morocco
3. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister
4. Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of Jordan
5. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Murshid of the Republic of Iran
6. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
7. Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Al Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque
8. Dr. Mohammed Badi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
9. Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman
10 Ayatollah Sistani, Shiite religious authority