Jokowi listed among world’s most influential Muslims – National

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been ranked in the top 20 on this year’s list of the world’s most influential Muslim figures in the annual publication, the Muslim 500.

The 2018 edition, published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center based in Jordan, ranked Jokowi 16th on its list, slightly below his rank of 13th last year and 11th in both the 2016 and 2015/2014 edition.

Presidential Chief of Staff Gen. (Ret.) Moeldoko was quick to use the moment to lambast critics who challenged Jokowi’s Islamic credentials. He said the President’s ranking reflected his efforts to accommodate the interests of Muslims, ranging from officially designating Oct. 22 as National Santri (Islamic students) Day, to introducing mikro waqf banks, which aim to improve the economy of pesantren (Islamic boarding schools).

“It is an indication that [Jokowi] is well accepted by the Muslim community, thus I think anyone who makes [contradictory] statements about the President should stop,” Moeldoko said on Monday.

The Muslim 500 ranks individuals based on the significance of their influence or power, be it political, financial or ideological, in making contributions to the Muslim world.

According to the Muslim 500, Jokowi is a political leader with influence over “252 million citizens and residents of Indonesia”, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, which is comprised of citizens from various religions and ethnicities. (swd)