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How Islamic are the Islamic Countries?

A study conducted by Prof. Hussain Askari of George Washington University entitled “How Islamic are the Islamic Countries” showed that most of the countries that apply *Islamic Principles* in their daily lives are not ones that are traditionally Muslim. New Zealand ranked 1st, Luxembourg 2nd, Ireland 3rd, Iceland 4th, Finland 5th, Denmark 6th & Canada 7th. Malaysia ranked 38th, Kuwait 48th, Bahrain 64th & the KSA 131th.

The study, published in the *Global Economy Journal* might be shocking to most of us but when we look around us & see the reality of the situation, we find that the results of the study r accurate & true.

As Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, niqab, beards, etc), reading the Qur’an & the Hadiths, but we don’t practice what we espouse. We listen to religious lessons & sermons more than the other people on the face of the earth, but we are still not the best of Nations. In the last 60 years, we have listened to 3,000 Friday sermons.

A Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me & ask me to put fake international labels & brands on their goods. When I invite them to eat, they refuse because the food is not Halal. So it is Halal for them to sell fake goods?”

A Japanese Muslim said: “I traveled to the West & saw Islam in practice applied in the daily life of non-Muslims. I traveled to the East, I saw Islam but did not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how Muslims act.”

Religion should not be reduced to Prayer & Fasting ONLY . It is a way of life & it is about how we treat others.
Performing a religious obligation is up to you & it is something between you & Allah. However, good ethics is something between you & other people.

In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics into action & practice, corruption will become rampant & disgrace will be our future.
We should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he might be a hypocrite.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayers, fasting & charity, but also with insults, slander, consuming wealth, shedding & beating others.”

I believe *Islam* (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without both, *Emaan* (internal aspect of faith) & *Ehsaan* (social aspect of faith). Let’s Ponder, Understand & Realize it EARLIEST.

Lord Bernard Shaw is said:
Islam is the best religion & its followers (Muslims) are the WORST.
A statement by Mr Shah before Sariyat court in a movie ‘Khhuda K Liye’
“Haram ki kamai jeb me dale hum Halal Gosht ki dukan dhundhte hai”. (Dr Mohd Asif Khan)