The annual publication has ranked influential Muslims since 2009, shedding light on “those who have managed to undertake exceptional accomplishments in a relatively short time span of one or two years.”
King Mohammed VI ranked the sixth, one position down from the 2017 ranking. The King was honored for his momentous influence over Muslims in Africa, his support of Jerusalem, his treatment of religious minorities in Morocco, and his influence over the Malaki network.
The Islamic Centre has also chosen Moroccan activist Nawal Soufi as the 2018’s Muslim Woman of Year.
Soufi led the 2018 list for her commitment in helping thousands of migrating Syrian refugees. Known as “Lady SOS” and “The Angel of Refugees,” the Moroccan activist has helped save the lives of 200,00 Syrians fleeing to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea, sending them rescue missions to those who reached out to her.
Other Moroccan figures named in the ranking are philosopher Taha Abdel Rahman, Secretary General of the European Islamic Conference and President of the General Federation of French Muslims, and Mohamed Bechari, founder of the French Council of the Islamic religion..
Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University and Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque, ranked as number one, retaining his 2017 position.
King Salman Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia came in second, displacing King Abdullah Al-Hussein of Jordan to the third position.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Hajj Sayyid Ali Khamenei and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came fourth and fifth respectively.
The list includes world-renowned Islamic figures, such as Oman’s King Qaboos bin Said al Said, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Queen Rania of Jordan.