Football (INL): German star footballer Mesut Ozil has been selected as one of the best Muslim personalities of 2019. An Islamist magazine in Nigeria has named the best Muslim footballer of Turkish descent in Germany. The Nigerian media has announced Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “World Muslim Personality 2019”. The newspaper claims that he has been given the title because he stands for the rights of Muslims around the world. Muslim News Nigeria publisher Rashed Abu Bakar said that there was no dispute between Erdogan being selected for this title, given the power and influence he has possessed in the international community and the Muslim world. Earlier in 2018, the year, the magazine declared him a world Muslim personality. Publisher Abu Bakr said he was awarded this title because of his influence around the world.
He also said that the president of Turkey always favors the victims. Erdogan has always been seen in Syria, Myanmar, Rohingya persecution, Kashmir and the Palestinian issue. In addition, Erdogan has organized a Kuala Lumpur conference to unite the Muslim world. Also on the list of global Muslim personalities are Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, Somali-born U.S. Congressman Ilhan Omar, Gambia’s President Adama Barro and Turkish-born German football star Mesut Ozil.