Ahmad Al Shugairi
Source of Influence: Preachers & Spiritual Guides
Status: Featured in current year
Al-Shugairi is a televangelist with a huge following around the world. He is at the forefront of a religious revivalist movement that is affecting young people across the Middle East. While he is best known for his TV program Khawatir (2005-2015), Al-Shugairi is also the founder of the youth-centric coffee shop, Andalus Cafe. With no formal Islamic training and an MBA, his popularity comes from repackaging a balanced understanding of Islam for his throngs of fans of all ages. He has over 40 million fans across social media platforms and was listed among the world’s 500 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business in 2012.