Recep Tayyip Erdogan – A Charismatic Leader of Muslim World

Recep Tayyip Erdogan – A Charismatic Leader of Muslim World

Today’s world is familiar with the name of current Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his endless support for the suppressed and lambasting of oppressors. Bravery, courage and truthfulness are reflected from the entire life of Turkish President.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Nobody knew that this son of a coastguard, selling lemonade and sesame buns in teenage within streets of Istanbul, will become a proud son of soil (Turkey), one day.

If it is the matter of US President Donald Trump’s decision of moving US embassy to Jerusalem, or it is the matter of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar Army, Tayyip Erdogan arises as the front line defender of Muslims. He showed exemplary mettle in these crises. He lashes out at oppressors in such a way that other Muslim Leaders of current era could never dare. Within Rohingya Refugee Camps at Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh and many others, the sight of a white crescent and star on a red background – the Turkish flag – symbolizes many things: hot meals, blankets, health facilities and many other necessities for shelter.

On the international stage Tayyip Erdogan has bitterly condemned Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

When Qatar fell a victim to the blockade by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in June 2017, It was Turkey under the leadership of Tayyip Erdogan, who from the first day openly stood with Qatar and provided it hundreds of thousands of tons of food and other necessities, and Tayyip Erdogan is still trying for rapprochement among these former cronies.

And quite recently when US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of supporting Afghan Talibans and announced that it would freeze nearly all military aid to Pakistan, roughly $1.3 billion annually, Erdogan decried US move and accused US and Israel of meddling in Pakistan.

Reforms by Tayyip Erdogan within Turkey are also matchless. Tayyip Erdogan owes much of his popularity to economic stability, with an average annual growth rate of 4.5%.

Turkey has become a manufacturing and export powerhouse. His government kept inflation under control – no mean feat, as there were years in the 1990s when it skyrocketed above 100%.

Critics blame him that he is vying for Muslim Leadership but these critics don’t encourage other Muslim Leaders to flex their muscles in same way or at least follow his footsteps, so It is not hyperbolic to say that Tayyip Erdogan is a visionary and charismatic leader of Muslim World.


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Jawad Akram is an Islamabad based International Affairs Analyst with a Masters Degree in International Relations. He can be reached at

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