Muslim Prof: West Leads the World in ‘Islamic Values’

Ali Sina is the author of “Understanding Muhammad and Muslims.”


rtr1j5cwAre non-Muslim countries more Islamic than Muslim countries? That is what Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, believes. Askari says Ireland “leads the world in Islamic values as Muslim states lag.” After studying 208 countries and territories he found that the top countries in both economic achievement and social values are Ireland, Demark, Luxembourg and New Zealand. Britain also ranks in the top ten.  The first Muslim-majority nation is Malaysia ranking at 33, while the only other state in the top 50 is Kuwait at 48.

Askari then concluded that the Quran’s teachings are better represented in non-Muslim societies than in Islamic countries, which, he believes, have failed to embrace the values of their own faith in politics, business, law and society.

Askari said Muslim countries use religion as an instrument of state control.  “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,” Askari asserted.

“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.”  Askari added.

Askari 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.

If Askari were right the solution would be simple. To get rid of corruption, oppression injustice and inequality in Islamic countries, which according to Askari are not Islamic values, we could encourage Muslims to leave Islam and follow the lead of non-Muslim countries.  It appears that the more a country is Islamic the more it lacks “Islamic values.” Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan that are more Islamic are also more oppressive.

But of course Askari is wrong. In Islam the unbelievers are not equal to believers.  “Is he, then, who is a believer like one who is disobedient? They are not equal.” (Q. 32:18) In Islam men excel over women. (Q. 4:34)

Also Islam honors the institution of slavery. (Q 33:50, 23:5)  Dawud reports a hadith (14:2692) of a slave of Ibn Umar who ran away to the enemy and when Muslims overpowered them Muhammad returned him to Ibn Umar. Dawud says that this slave was not distributed (as a part of booty) among the rest of the captives who were also reduced to slaves.

As for freedom of religion, the Quran says “No religion other than Islam will be accepted from anyone.” (Q. 3:85) The argument that Islam is tolerant because the verse 2:256 says there is no compulsion in religion is a fallacy. This verse has nothing to do with tolerance. According to Islamic sources, the Jews of Medina had adopted and raised the orphaned children of Arabs and these children had embraced Judaism. When Muhammad expelled the Jews from their city the relatives of these children (now adults) wanted to prevent them leaving but in loyalty to their adopted parents they preferred to go. The matter was brought to Muhammad who said, if they want to go let them go, “there is no compulsion in religion.” Of course if they wanted to stay they had to convert to Islam.

Askari’s argument that the prevalence of corruption, oppression and injustice in a society is prima facie evidence that it is not Islamic is absurd.  Governments are either democratic or dictatorial. Corruption and oppression are more likely in dictatorships.  In democracies, people have the power to remove corrupt governments, unless they are so ignorant that they are easily deceived, which is not the fault of democracy. In democracy, laws are made by people. Islam does not recognize the laws made by people.  The laws are made by God and the ruler, as the executioner of divine law, is not accountable to the people. And as long as he adhered to the Islamic law no one is allowed to criticize or oppose him, even if he is unjust.

Muhammad said, “If Allah has on Earth a caliph who flays your back and takes your property, obey him; otherwise die holding onto the stump of a tree.” [Dawud 35: 4232] So much for freedom and justice!

The 18th century Muslim scholar Shah Waliullah on the Obediene of the Caliph wrote,

The Prophet has said: “Hearing and obeying is an obligation of every Muslim, whether he likes the command or dislikes it, as long as he is not commanded to commit a sin. If he is commanded to commit a sin, then he absolved of the obligation to hear and obey.” [Sahih Muslim.]

(I say): Since an imam is installed for two kinds of public weal, by which religious and political affairs are regulated, and since the Prophet was sent for their sake, and the imam is the Prophet’s deputy and an executor of his mission, therefore, obedience to the imam is indeed obedience to the Prophet. And disobedience to him would be tantamount to disobedience of the Prophet except when he commands to commit a sin. For then it would be evident that obedience to him is no longer in obedience to God, and in that event, he would cease to be a deputy of God’s Prophet. This is why the Prophet said: “Whoever follows an amir, he indeed follows me, and whoever disobeys an amir, he indeed disobeys me” [Sahih Muslim].  [Shah Wali Allah, Selection from Hujjat Allah al-Balighah, English Translation, 2006, pp. 116-117]

As for economics, something Khomeini said, “is for the donkey,” Islam has very little to offer. Bukahri (3:39:541) reports Muhammad saying, “There is no house in which these (agricultural) equipment enters except that Allah will cause humiliation to enter it.” The reason Muhammad disparaged agriculture is because he wanted to encourage his companions to earn their living through jihad. He said that is the best bargain and he who strives hard for Allah’s cause with their wealth and in persons will reap the rewards. (Q. 6:11)

The irony is that Muslims can see something is wrong with their societies, but can’t see its cause. Western countries are not prospering because they have embraced Islamic values. How delusional is this thinking? They are prospering because they drew a clear line between religion and state, and have embraced secularism. Muslims can’t do such a thing.  Islam is more than a religion. It is primarily a political system.  It is totalitarian as it controls all aspects of the life of the believer. Muhammad was not just a prophet but also a dictator.  His successors also ruled with undisputed authority.

If Islamic countries are dictatorial, unjust, oppressive and backwards we should look for the cause of it in the values that they espouse. Their failure is evident even to them. But instead of acknowledging the problem they keep digging their heads deeper in the sands of denial. Isn’t it time to wake up?

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  • putupjob

    Time for a FATWA?

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    How is it that these statement by Hossein Askari and others like him are not criticized by devout Muslims? Surely the devout do not want Western values (falsely called Islamic) to prevail over true Islamic values.

  • Luqman

    May the people who knowingly lie on the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) get whatever Allah intends for them,as a result of their words/ actions Ameen.

    • Softly Bob

      Okay, I get what you’re saying and seeing as I do not want to lie about Islam or Mohammed, I’d better tell the truth about both of them.
      Here goes:
      Mohammed was a false prophet and a liar. He was a murderer, a coward, a pedophile, thief and a rapist. He deliberately altered the gospel of the true living God and twisted it to suit his own personal ambitions.
      Allah is a false god – part demon and part figment of Mohammed’s imagination.
      Muslims are worshiping Satan and unless they repent of this and turn to Jesus, Son of God who died on the cross and was resurrected for the salvation of all mankind then they will suffer eternal damnation.

      There, I did it, I told the truth. I hope you are satisfied.

    • De Doc

      Muhammad is dead. And in fact your silly prophet is more imagination than reality. How can a god punish anyone for disparaging a phantom of history?

    • Sintram

      Violence, violence and violence. Is that the only language you muslims know?

  • Walter Sieruk

    How about this one ? That Western countries are far advanced then Islamic countries not because of any value’s that might be found in the Quran but because values that are taught in the BIble.

    • SparrowJack

      ..except that the most civilized nations are the most secular and least religious as well (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_New_Zealand), which all points towards the idea hat the less role religion has in a society, and the more it is aligned with non-religious humanist values (which are aligned with most good religious guidelines), the healthier the society is.

    • Black&White

      15 of the 20 worst countries on Earth (with lowest human development index) are african CHRISTIAN countries. Bible and Quran have nothing to do with being advanced or not, it is about Science, Math, Engineering, Medicine, etc.

  • wileyvet

    It is nice to see Dr. Ali Sina contributing here. I have learned much from him at his websites, Faith Freedom org , and Ali Sina org. I have also downloaded an earlier copy of his Understanding Muhammad, as well as a debate from 2008 with some Pakistani Islamic “moderates”. Very informative stuff. In fact some of the best info on Islam indeed comes from apostates like Dr. Sina himself.

    The prevalence of corruption and other societal ills in the Muslim world are precisely because of Islamic values. Muslim morality and concepts of civilized conduct, not to mention what constitutes sin is completely inverted because of the teachings of the very man that Muslims hold as the perfect example of virtue, piety and excellent conduct. It is the character of Muhammad they emulate, in thought, word and deed that defines a good pious submissive and obedient Muslim. Allah and Muhammad are joined at the hip, which is why the Shehada must include the part about him being the messenger in order to become a Muslim. Muhammad’s “sock puppet” as Dr. Sina calls Allah, only provided the veneer of religiosity . It is not enough to believe in Allah, one must adhere to Muhammad’s teachings and actions. Islam is as intellectually, morally, economically and culturally arid as the desert environs that spawned it.

  • EamonnDublin

    So, Hossein Askari considers that “Ireland leads the world in Islamic values” !! Methinks he has never been here, or, if he has, it was a very long time ago. The place has gone feral. Mind you, on second thoughts, that “feral” bit has made me realise he is probably correct. Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Joseph Flannagan

    Here is the ULTIMATE condemnation of islam. It PROVES that everything they claim islam to be in their deluded little brains – peaceful , tolerant , united , inclusive , socially responsible , supportive, accepting etc – is a TOTAL sham which does not and never has existed in ANY islamic society. The ” kuffar ” west is everything a developed and cohesive should be and of course it is PROVED again by the fact that millions of muslims risk life and limb to settle in the west – a society and way of life they CLAIM to despise.

    • Moa

      They also arrive as part pf “hajira”, which is conquest by immigration.

      They want the fruits of the West, but are indoctrinated to also destroy it. Crazy, huh?

  • Gingersnap_

    I too also enjoyed Dr. Sina’s other web site. simple, straightforward explanations many of which I came to on my own, but was relieved mightily when I read someone else who came to the same conclusions. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why muslims didn’t see it also. I used to talk endlessly with muslims after 9/11 in the msn and yahoo chat rooms and it was educational to say the least. article is much appreciated.

  • mikeh420

    The only values Muslims adhere to are how many ounces of explosives will kill how many people in a certain given area.

    • hurt locker

      hhahahaa !! cant stop laughing at ur comment !! thumbs up from my side.

  • T100C1970

    He sounds like a spokesman for the KKK 100 years ago explaining why the Klan wasn’t racist.

  • LoveIslam

    I come from a muslim country, but left that country to move to Canada because of most of he said in his article. I don’t disagree with how he described the muslim countries. One question that came to my mind reading his article:

    - I visited the War Museum in Ottawa today as part of celebrating Canada Day events. I was struck by the number of people killed in WW I and II and other wars against Aboriginal people. So, I did a simple search to find out the number of people killed in different wars. It is amazing that only 4 million killed in two wars in Muslim counties (with involvement from Western countries), but more than 650 millions killed in other “non-Muslim” countries. Is this also the fault of Islam?

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_anthropogenic_disasters_by_death_toll

    - If applying Islamic values in other countries worked, then Islamic values are not at fault, but applying them in dictatorship countries is at fault. Changing and removing these corrupt regimes should be the aim to help these countries. But, knowing that the “west” love having such regimes. I really don’t blame the west, they are looking at their benefits and that is fair.