As soon as the new mayor of London Sadiq Khan took charge of his office, the speculations and criticism around the world poured in. Many gave the compliments and best wishes for the change and achievement of a Non-Christian becoming something of that high regards.
Many have misunderstood that Sadiq Khan is a Muslim leader, to that fact and for kind information, he is a Muslim by religion and a mayor for all Londoners. Coming to the criticism by many who raised a question on the state of the Non-Muslims in the Islamic countries, about their participation in the governance and rights in the country participate in the development of the nation but people forget the essential part, i.e., every nation has a different type of government.
There are conditions in every type of government where there are a particular set of rules and criteria under which the ones who have a keen wish to participate have to ensure the implementation of those rules and to fulfill the criteria. Same is the case of the Islamic countries where they follow the Sharia law which has its own rules and regulations for the active participation of the Non-Muslims in the country.
Well, to update their information, this article includes the list of the countries who chose non-Muslims as their forerunners. Check out…
- The Turkish city of Mardin has a female Christian Co-mayor Februniye Akyol. Turkey is 99.8 per cent Muslim.
Februniye Akyol is a member of the Peace and Democracy Party, a Kurdish political party, and at 25 years of age, she was made Co-mayor of the city in March 2014.
2. Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta has a Christian Governor, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama. Indonesia is 87.2 per cent Muslim.
Basuki has expressed that he will be running for a second term during elections in November.
3. In Bahrain, Alees Thomas Samaan became the first Christian and the first woman to chair the country’s upper house of Parliament, the Shura Council in 2005. Bahrain is 70.3 per cent Muslim.
She has held various roles in the council, including being an Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Services Committee.
4. Pakistan currently has a Christian Minister of Ports and Shipping, Kamran Michael. Pakistan is 96.4 per cent Muslim.
Member of the Senate of Pakistan, Kamran is also a Member of the Committees on Climate Change, Textile Industry and National Food and Health.
5. In Egypt, Boutros Boutros Ghali, a Coptic Christian, was the country’s Foreign Minister for 14 years. Egypt is 90 per cent Muslim.
Ghali was the sixth Secretary-General of the UN from 1992 – 1997 and attended the Camp David Summit with a role in the negotiation process. He was a Prolific Author and Scholar with various accolades, including several degrees over the course of his career.
6. The Palestinian city of Ramallah had a female Roman Catholic Mayor, Janet Michael.
Janet Michael is the Former Mayor of Ramallah. She continues to be a Council Member of the Ramallah Municipality.
7. Senegal had a Catholic President, the late Léopold Sédar Senghor, for 20 years. Senegal is 95.4 per cent Muslim.
Often referred to as Senegal’s “Poet President”, Senghor was a Pioneer for Democracy and a Free Press, and his legacy continues to live on today.
8. Lebanon had a Christian President, Lebanon is 54 per cent Muslim.
A decorated military Lieutenant, he later served as President from 2008 – 2014.
Scrutinizing everything at every point is not right. Sometimes, it’s hard to accept few things but then my friend, truth remains the truth.