Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been named the world’s most influential Muslim figure. This nomination comes from the independent research center The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center based in Jordan, Tuesday (15/12).
Based on The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims 2021, Erdogan is considered the most influential Muslim figure. While Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud is in second place.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the tird. And the King of Jordan is the fourth most influential Muslim figures in the world.
In the previous year, Erdogan was ranked as the sixth most influential Muslim figure in the world.
Erdogan Makes Turkey One of the Major Global Power Countries
According to The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, Erdogan is a leader who has succeeded leader. He has succeeded making Turkey one of the major global powers.
The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center also considers the Turkish economy to be growing at an unprecedented pace at Erdogan’s hands.
Erdogan is also considered a leader who is always supportive. Moreover, he has the courage to raise the issues facing the world’s Muslims.
According to the agency, Turkey’s decision to turn back the UNESCO site, Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul into a mosque is one of the breakthroughs in the Islamic world.
Despite criticism to criticism from a number of Western world leaders, Erdogan insists on turning the Hagia Sophia back from a museum to a mosque in July 2020.
Erdogan’s move is seen as a form of revival of conservative Muslims in a secular country like Turkey.
In the Muslim 500 list, The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center also raised Erdogan’s success in thwarting the coup attempt, handling the corona virus pandemic (Covid-19), as well as Turkey’s relations with the United States and Russia.