MB Chairman Mohamed Mahdi Akef among the most influential figures in the Islamic world
|Monday, November 23,2009 02:38|
Mr. Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood was ranked on the list of 50 of the world's most influential figures in the Arab and Muslim world along with Hamas’s Khaled Meshaal and Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, President of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS).
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ranked 5th, and Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi was ranked 9th while the Muslim Brotherhood’s Chairman was ranked 12th. Social activist and modern-day preacher Amr Khaled was ranked 14th while Saudi Scholar Dr. Salman Bin Fahd al-Awda ranked 19th, Sheikh Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti ranked 23rd while Turkish President Abdullah Gul was listed 28th. Vice President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Abdullah bin Bayyah was ranked 30th and Khaled Meshaal; Hamas’s Political Bureau leader was in 34th.
The book noted that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Chairman, Mohamed Mahdi Akef who assumed office in 2004, was successful in establishing a notable leap in the Movement’s performance, which is described as the largest political opposition in many Arab States. In his assessment, Esposito claimed that Akef who became Chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood has since actively led Egypt’s largest Islamic political party, arranging mass protests condemning the Government's position on war against Gaza, in addition to demanding an apology from the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to Jordan for insulting Islam. He continued, "Akef played a leading role in the face of mounting criticism of the Brotherhood’s ideologies and practices because of the group's position in support of the Palestinian and Lebanese armed resistance. Akef distinguishes himself and the Brotherhood by adopting distinctive stances where he has stepped up demands for constitutional reform in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has openly lashed out at the Republican administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush on the “Greater Middle East Initiative” by presenting a counter proposal in 2006 of policies and economic reforms promoted by the Brotherhood where it has been popularly recognized in Egypt and the Islamic world as more valid than the US proposal".