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Turkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan among top 10 influential Muslims

Turkey’s first lady Emine Erdogan has been placed among the top 10 influential Muslims of the world by a think tank, it emerged on Sunday.

The Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) has nominated Emine Erdogan for its International Peace Awards 2020 for the ten leading Muslim figures across the globe for their services in different fields.

The institute’s list also includes former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad, head of Bahrain’s Council of Women Shaikha Noora Al Khalifa, Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa of Saudi Arabia, US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, UK House of Lords member Lord Nazir Ahmed, Chairman of Muslim Institute of Pakistan Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali and Ibrahim Bin Salah Al-Naumi, the undersecretary of higher education and chairman of the Doha International Center for interfaith Dialogue in Qatar.

According to INSPAD’s President Muhammad Tahir Tabassum, Emine Erdogan was chosen for her tremendous services in the fields of social development with a focus on women’s empowerment, the environment, culture, arts, and social awareness.

INSPD is being run simultaneously from Pakistan and Belgium. It has 5,000 ambassadors of peace and over 12,000 members from different countries. The body every year selects eminent Muslim figures around the globe.

Saman Siddiqui

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