Sheikh Al Syed Yousuf Al Syed Hashim Al-Rifai, born in Kuwait, was elected a member of the first National Assembly of Kuwait established in 1963 after the independence of the country.
He was appointed Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs. As a Minister of State he attended many Summit conferences accompanying the Ameers of Kuwait, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. He plays a pioneering role in preaching the message of Islam and spreading the teachings of the true religion throughout the world. Sheikh Al Syed Yousuf is the President of the Muslim Minority Commission of the Motamar till today.
He established the World Islamic Federation for Information and Preaching of Islam in association with a number of prominent Islamic personalities in Lahore at its head office. He established, Ma'ahad Al Eiman Al Share'e, Institute for Islamic Law and Religion to teach Islamic law along with other Islamic and modern subjects in accordance with the system of education followed in the University of Al-Azhar.
He issued Al-Balagh, the first Islamic and political weekly magazine in the whole of the Arabian peninsula and Gulf region. He has written numerous books on Islam.