By Prof. Hussain Askari
June 8, 2018
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.
Saudi Arabia is ranked 131st.
study, published in the Global Economy Journal might be shocking to most of us
but when we look around us and see the reality of the situation, we find that
the results of the study are accurate and true.
Muslims we seem to care only about performing religious
Obligations/Rituals/Sunnah (prayer, fasting, Niqab, beards, etc), reading the
Qur’an and the Hadiths, but we don't practice what we espouse. We listen to
religious lessons and 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.
Chinese merchant once said: “Muslim merchants come to me and ask me to put fake
international labels and 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
Japanese Muslim said: “I travelled to the West and saw Islam in practice
applied in the daily life of non-Muslims. I travelled to the East, I saw Islam
but did not see any Muslims. I thank Allah I knew Islam before I knew how
Religion should not be reduced to Prayer and
Fasting. It is a way of life and it is about how we treat others.
Performing a religious obligation is up to you
and it is something between you and Allah. However, good ethics is something
between you and other people. In other words, if we do not put Islamic ethics
into action and practice, corruption will become rampant and disgrace will be
should not judge a person based on how he performs religious obligations for he
might be a hypocrite.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
said: “Verily, the bankrupt of my nation are those who come on the Day of
Resurrection with prayers, fasting and charity, but also with insults, slander,
consuming wealth, shedding and beating others.”
believe *Islam* (external aspect of faith) is incomplete without *Imaan*
(internal aspect of faith) and *Ihsaan* (social aspect of faith). Ponder,
understand and realize this.
Bernard Shaw is said, to have said:
Islam is the best religion and Muslims are the