Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has grabbed the 29th spot in the Top 50 of World’s Most Influential Muslims list of 2019.
The cricketer-turned-politician stands at 15th position among the present Muslim rulers in the coveted list prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
“Influence is: Leader of 210 million Muslims in Pakistan and major influence on the Pakistani diaspora,” it explains.
The book has been published annually by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan’s capital Amman since 2009, and its 10th edition for the year 2019 was published this month.
It sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on the Ummah (worldwide Muslim community), or on behalf of the Ummah, according to the book.
Along with Imran Khan, there are three more Pakistanis on the influential list: Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani (6); Haji Muhammad Abdul-Wahhab, Amir of Tablighi Jamaat (14); and Maulana Tariq Jameel, Scholar and Preacher (40).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ranked first place on the list, while Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was ranked second in being the most influential Muslim, while Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein was ranked third.
In the book’s editions belonging to previous years, Erdoğan was ranked 8th in 2016 and 2017, and 5th in 2018.
“Influence is: any person who has the power — be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise — to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world,” the book explains.
Here is the full list of Top 50 Influential Muslims.