After last May, Jokowi became the cover of a well-known magazine in Saudi Arabia, now Jokowi is again an influential Muslim figure in the scope of Muslims around the world. Recently the Center for Strategic Islamic Studies in the Kingdom of Jordan 2020 edition released a list of the 50 most influential Muslim figures in the world, including Jokowi in 13th place, and KH Said Aqil Siradz in 19th place. This also dismissed the issue that often attacked Jokowi that Jokowi was anti-Islam in the election campaign period yesterday.
This is the second year that Jokowi’s name has been included as 50 influential Muslims in the world. The previous year, themuslim500 also released the names of influential Muslim figures in the world and Jokowi was ranked 16. Meanwhile Said Aqil, at that time, ranked 20. The influence of Jokowi and Said Aqil was judged above the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
“Pluralism is part of Indonesian DNA. Despite many challenges, Islam in Indonesia is a force of moderation,” Jokowi was quoted as saying by The Muslim 500.
People who enter The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influental Muslims 2020 because it has the influence of publicity, beliefs, ideas, behavior, and work. RISSC chooses Muslim leaders from various categories, such as scholars, politics, religion, lecturers and spiritual guides, philanthropy, social issues, business, science and technology, arts and culture, Qur’an reciters, celebrities and sports stars, to extremists.
The first influential Muslim figure was Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani. Followed in second place is Ayatollah Haji Sayyid Ali Khamenei. Meanwhile, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud was fourth and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sixth.
In The Muslim 500 publication, President Jokowi was the first leader who did not come from the military or political dynasty. He came from an unpretentious family of Javanese descent. The father is a small furniture entrepreneur, who often cannot meet the family’s needs. Mentioned there Jokowi is the Mayor of Solo who is so close to its citizens. He focused on popularizing Solo as the center of Javanese culture. However, he also aggressively developed a public transportation system, health services, and a business climate in accordance with its citizens.
The 58-year-old president is also called a “clean” politician, who avoids corruption and nepotism that plagues politicians.