In a recent study, the most Muslim country in the world was found to be Ireland. Arab countries on the whole did not even make the top 50. The country in the world most faithful to the values of the Islamic holy book, the Quran, is Ireland according to an Iranian academic at George Washingon University. Next are Denmark, Sweden and the UK, all European countries.
In a recent interview, Hossein Askari also rates Israel as being more compliant with the ideals of the Koran than any majority Muslim country. Not even a single majority Muslim country made the top 25 and no Arab country is even in the top 50.
He said that when the “Islamicity index,” a measure created by them, was applied, only Malaysia (33) and Kuwait (42) are featured in the top 50 countries among Muslim majority countries.
In carrying out the study, they applied the ideals of Islamic culture in areas of a society’s economic achievements, governance, human and political rights, and international relations, he stated in the interview. On that index, he said, “Muslim countries do very badly,” and accused them of using religion as an instrument of power.
Last November, Prof Askari said in an interview 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 imagination. 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 Kingdom, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, Norway, and Belgium round up the first 10.”
In an older study ranking ‘Overall Islamicity Index’, “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.
The story is the same: “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, 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 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.