Not a single majority Muslim country made the top 25 and no
Arab country is in the top 50.
He said that when their ‘Islamicity index’ was applied only Malaysia
(33) and Kuwait
(42) featured in its top 50 countries, compared to the US at 15, as is the Netherlands,
is at 17.
Arabia rated 91st, with Qatar at
In doing the study they applied the ideals of Islam in the
areas of a society’s economic achievements, governance, human and political
rights, and international relations, he said.
On that index “Muslim countries do very badly,” he said and
accused them of using religion as an instrument of power.
Last Novembe Prof Askari said that “we must emphasize that many
countries that profess Islam and are called Islamic are unjust, corrupt, and
underdeveloped and are in fact not ‘Islamic’ by any stretch of the
“Looking at an index of Economic Islamicity, or how closely the
policies and achievements of countries reflect Islamic economic teachings -
Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg,
Sweden, the United
round up the first 10”.
In their ‘Overall Islamicity Index’, a measure that encompasses
laws and governance, human and political rights, international relations, and
economic factors, “the rankings are much the same: New Zealand, Luxembourg,
Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Canada,
the United Kingdom, Australia,
and the Netherlands; and again only Malaysia (38) and Kuwait (48) make it into
the top 50 from Muslim countries,” he said.
“If a country, society, or community displays characteristics
such as unelected, corrupt, oppressive, and unjust rulers, inequality before the
law, unequal opportunities for human development, absence of freedom of choice
(including that of religion), opulence alongside poverty, force, and aggression
as the instruments of conflict resolution as opposed to dialogue and
reconciliation, and, above all, the prevalence of injustice of any kind, it is
prima facie evidence that it is not an Islamic community,” he said.
“ Islam is, and has been for centuries, the articulation of the
universal love of Allah for his creation and for its unity, and all that this
implies for all-encompassing human and economic development,” he concluded.
* The headline on this article was amended on Friday, June
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