A leading academic at George Washington University has observed that the Western countries have implemented and followed the principles of opportunities and justice in their politics, business, law, and society, but the Islamic states have greatly failed in embracing the values of their own faith. The study of 208 countries and territories showed that the top countries with both the greatest economic achievements and social values are Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, and New Zealand. Britain also gets a mention in the top ten rankings. The only Islamic state in the top 50 charts is Kuwait, at 48. The Muslim-majority country of Malaysia was ranked 33.
A comparison of values
Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University closely observed the policies of government in 208 countries and territories and presented the results of his survey. He said, “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
Religion as a tool of ruling
He also talked about how religion is used in the Muslim countries as an instrument of state control. But the level of corruption and underdevelopment in these countries show that they are not ‘Islamic’ in the true sense. He quoted, “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.” He added, “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.”
A similar result was found in 2010 where the Overall Islamicity Index analyzed the social rules and human rights in several countries. Hossein Askari also said, “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. 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.”