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Ahmed Yassin

1937 - 2004

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Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin (Arabic: الشيخ أحمد إسماعيل حسن ياسين; 1 January 1937 – 22 March 2004) was a Palestinian politician and imam who founded Hamas, a militant Islamist and Palestinian nationalist organization in the Gaza Strip, in 1987. He served as the organization's spiritual leader after its founding. Yassin, a quadriplegic who was nearly blind, had been reliant on a wheelchair due to a sporting accident at the age of 12. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ahmed Yassin has received more than 696,884 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Ahmed Yassin is the 491st most popular religious figure (down from 453rd in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Israel (down from 66th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Ahmed Yassin is most famous for being the founder and leader of Hamas, an Islamic terrorist organization.

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Among religious figures, Ahmed Yassin ranks 491 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Soter, Jehoshaphat, Saint Spyridon, Antipope Clement VII, Ansgar, and Pope Silverius. After him are Korah, Peter the Hermit, Pope Stephen I, Pope Miltiades, Pope Caius, and Saint Eustace.

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Among people born in 1937, Ahmed Yassin ranks 22Before him are Vanessa Redgrave, Martti Ahtisaari, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Egon Krenz, and Mengistu Haile Mariam. After him are Warren Beatty, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Robert Coleman Richardson, Philip Glass, and Bruce McLaren. Among people deceased in 2004, Ahmed Yassin ranks 16Before him are Françoise Sagan, Czesław Miłosz, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Susan Sontag, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Peter Ustinov. After him are Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, Akhmad Kadyrov, Maurice Wilkins, Helmut Newton, and Janet Leigh.

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Among people born in Israel, Ahmed Yassin ranks 69 out of 430Before him are William of Tyre (1130), Baldwin V of Jerusalem (1177), Ehud Barak (1942), Haggai (-550), Jehoiakim (-634), and Jeconiah (-700). After him are Amon of Judah (-660), Uzziah (-900), Annas (-22), Ehud Olmert (1945), Simeon (null), and Jehoash of Judah (-843).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Ahmed Yassin ranks 32Before him are Judas Maccabeus (-200), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Barabbas (1), Micah (-737), Joel (-1), and Nehemiah (-490). After him are Annas (-22), Simeon (null), Rabbi Akiva (50), Penitent thief (-18), Pope Theodore I (600), and Nicodemus (-50).