JUN 22, 2018: A prayer day was observed across the country on Friday on the appeal of Mufti-i-Azam (Grand Mufti) Pakistan, Maulana Rafi Usmani, and other religious scholars to express solidarity with Turkey’s President Erdogan and his campaign for the presidential election.
Scholars during Friday sermons at Mosques in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and other cities particularly praised Erdogan’s pro-refugees policies.
“The way he [Erdogan] has voiced [for] and practically helped the Syrian and Rohingya refugees, is unmatchable. Not only the Muslims, but the entire pro-humanity community commend him for that,” Usmani said during a Friday sermon in Karachi.
“The entire world is looking to presidential elections in Turkey. Anti-Islam forces have got united against Erdogan and he needs our prayers at this stage,” he said.
“Erdogan is a ray of hope for the oppressed people who stand alongside him. His re-election simply means the victory of the oppressed across the world,” he added.
Erdogan is expected to win, many observers say, and will preside over a brand new presidential system of government for five years– until 2023 on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish republic.
It was approved in a controversial referendum last year.