London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Egyptian preacher Amr Khalid toped Forbes Arabia new list entitled “Da’awa Stars”, in which it ranked Islamic religious preachers/scholars with the highest incomes for 2007.
Amr Khalid tops the ranking with USD 2.5 million net income, followed by the Kuwaiti preacher Tariq Swidan with USD 1 million, Saudi Arabia’s Ayed Al Qurani – author of the famous book “Don’t Be Sad” – with USD 533,000, Egypt’s Amr Abdul Kafi -who is a resident of the UAE – with USD 373,000, and Saudi’s Salman Aouda with USD 267,000.
According to the March 2008 issue of the magazine, the source of income of the scholars is mainly from TV production and programs on Arab TV channels, as well as royalty earnings from voice recordings from CD and religious tapes, in addition to religious and literary books by the scholars released in 2007 and the previous years.
The editorial of the “Forbes Arabia” magazine mentions that Da’awa (Call) in religion is based on individual and institutional activity, but it has become a source of income to many preachers, mass media, and printing, publication and technical production companies, and as such it is not deemed different from other business activities. The magazine emphasized on the importance of religious Da’waa “religious call” and Islamic teachings.
The list included statistics for a number of intellectual books and voice recordings by the five preachers. The magazine also published biographies highlighting the turning points in each scholar’s life, while also touching upon their future plans, particularly new editions of books and TV programs under production.