Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, November 27, 2012
King Mohammed VI ranked 3rd most influential personality among 500 personalities in the Muslim world, according to the Jordanian Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
The first in the list is King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz, of Saudi Arabia, who according to the Centre, retains his “position as the most influential of the Muslim 500.” He is followed by Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayeb Erdogan.
According to the Jordanian Think Tank, the choice of Mohammed VI as third influential leader in the Muslim world is not fortuitous. It is due to “his control of the network of Muslims following the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence and as a leading monarch in Africa.”
Mohammed VI is also the leaders of “one of the most stable constitutional monarchies in the region, which is also the center of a moderate, flourishing Muslim culture” says the report.
The center mentions also the religious influence of Morocco over several African countries, due to its being home of the tomb of Sufi Sheikh si Ahmed Tijani, who played an instrumental role in the spread of Islam in these countries.
“Besides political links, Morocco maintains strong spiritual ties with Muslims all over Africa. Morocco is the site of the tomb of a highly revered Sufi sheikh, Mawlana Ahmed Ibn Mohammed Tijani Al Hassani Al Maghribi (1735- 1815 CE), the founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order, whose shrine attracts millions from across the continent. Morocco is also recognized as a source for the spread of Islam through West Africa.”
Moreover, the Centre mentions the prominent role played by Morocco throughout history in the defense of Jerusalem, since the 12th century, as well as the King’s support to the holy city through its chairmanship of the Quds Committee.
“The King and indeed all Moroccans show strong support for Palestinians and for Jerusalem. The Moroccan link with Jerusalem has been strong since Salah al-Din’s son endowed the Magharbeh Quarter, next to the Buraq Wall, to North African pilgrims in 1193,” added the report.
The Centre also highlights the reforms introduced by King Mohammed VI immediately after his enthronement, especially as regards the status of women.
“Since early in his reign, King Mohammed VI has implemented the Mudawana, family code that gives rights to women in divorce and property ownership, as well as citizenship to children born from non-Moroccan fathers.”
King Mohammed VI comes ahead of other prominent personalities in the Muslim world, namely the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who ranked 5th, the Grand Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who ranked 6th, and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, who ranked 7th.
Egypt’s newly elected President, Muhammad Morsi, ranked 11th on the list.
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