Why Turkey needs Erdogan as its president more than before

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by Dr. Muhammad Qutbuddin, Chicago

Turkey, a country bridging continents with its rich history and strategic significance, is making headlines once again. From presidential elections to earthquakes and international politics, Turkey remains a focal point of global attention. As an observer with deep admiration for this nation, I have witnessed Turkey’s remarkable journey of transformation and resilience.

Geographically situated between Europe and Asia, the Republic of Turkey carries the legacy of the illustrious Ottoman Empire. Over the years, its population has grown to approximately 90 million, with a majority being Sunni Muslims. Following the Atatürk revolution of 1923, there was a period of distance from religion, but gradually, the Turkish people found solace and strength in their Islamic heritage. Today, they actively embrace and propagate Islamic teachings, influencing not only their own nation but also other countries with their commitment to the faith.

The Turkish people are renowned for their genuine hospitality and profound love for humanity. Their unwavering inclination towards kindness and respect resonates throughout their interactions. Hardworking and generous, they value actions over words and eschew frivolous matters. Furthermore, they are generally known to be healthy, beautiful, and well-mannered, characteristics that contribute to their national identity.

Having visited Turkey for nearly two decades and taught psychology at Ibn Khaldun University, my admiration for the Turkish people knows no bounds. Their simplicity, love, determination, and independence have left an indelible impression on me. With great intelligence and diligent work ethic, they embody the essence of progress. It is worth noting their appreciation for Indian cuisine, fragrances, and Bollywood movies, showcasing their cultural openness.

At the heart of Turkey lies Istanbul, an enchanting city of grandeur and allure. Home to a population of approximately 1.5 to 1.8 million, Istanbul boasts stunning architecture, towering minarets, and majestic domes. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the city enjoys a pleasant atmosphere during the day and a vibrant ambiance at night. Situated on the Bosphorus Strait, the meeting point of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, Istanbul bears witness to countless ships navigating its waters. Fishing is a common activity, adding to the city’s unique charm and unmatched beauty.

Within Istanbul, historical landmarks such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Galata Tower, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Golden Horn, and the Grand Bazaar captivate visitors from around the world. The renowned Turkish delights and Turkish baths (hamams) are emblematic of the country’s cultural heritage.

Both men and women in Turkey are not only known for their physical beauty but also their tasteful and stylish sense of clothing. They hold honesty, integrity, and straightforwardness in high regard, shunning hypocrisy, show-off behavior, lies, deceit, and trickery.

Beyond Istanbul, notable cities such as Ankara, Konya, Izmir, and others showcase Turkey’s diverse landscape, encompassing mountains and seas. This beautiful country also serves as an excellent commercial center, sharing borders with nine neighboring countries. Over the past two decades, Turkey has made significant progress in various fields, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan playing a pivotal role in the nation’s development. His domestic and foreign policies, particularly regarding Islam and Muslim issues, have garnered immense respect and admiration among the people.

Turkey’s resilience and compassionate spirit shine through in its response to the refugee crisis. As the largest host country for refugees, Turkey has provided shelter to millions who have sought refuge due to the war in Syria. This unparalleled example of nurturing humanity, brotherhood, and unity will leave an indelible mark on the world for generations to come.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s practical wisdom during delicate times, such as the Ukrainian war, has been instrumental in maintaining stability. The efforts of the Turkish people, especially the women, have prevented severe drought and famine from afflicting the world. Their courage, generosity, and sacrifices serve as a testament to their character.

Recently, Turkey faced a devastating earthquake that left an unprecedented impact on the region. The resilience and morality displayed by the Turkish people in the face of this tragedy are admirable. Despite the loss of over fifty thousand lives and the displacement of millions, the nation rallied together, exemplifying Islamic brotherhood, truthfulness, generosity, and sacrifice. President Erdogan’s exceptional leadership guided the country through this challenging period.

Currently, Turkey finds itself in the midst of crucial presidential elections against a backdrop of a depreciated Turkish lira and rising inflation. However, the Turkish people, inspired by President Erdogan’s honesty and foresight, face these challenges with unwavering courage and self-confidence. 

It is hoped that the upcoming elections will see President Erdogan’s continued success, fostering a future marked by significant accomplishments.

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The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Muslim Mirror.

1 COMMENT

  1. Erdogan fueled the syrian crisis in the first place, by siding the Sunni uprising there; but without any genuine military commitment like what Iran gave to the minority Shiite ruling class. Then what is the point in claiming that he gave refuge to refugees, by making them refugees in the first place. Now he is screaming to send back the refugees back to Syria like garbage even before the decisive election runoff, which has become necessary to keep him in power. Even the Arab world has realized the folly of the Syrian sectarian uprising and mended ways with Assad in a more practical and long-term approach. This shows the short termism, populism, ego-centrism and impotence of democratic politicians symbolized by Erdogan who cant be relied upon and who dont matter in the long run.
    Now Turkey is nearly not a heaven as made out in this article either – it is marked by a history of ultra-secularism and there are plenty of thefts and pickpocketing happening there even to tourists (personal experience).

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