Comment by DATUK REJAL ARBEE
Muslims seem to care only about performing their religious obligations and rituals like the five daily prayers, fasting during Ramadan, paying the Zakat and reading the Quran, but they don’t practice what is required and espoused by the religion.
RECENTLY I came across one writing about the ranking of true Islamic countries in the world.
It is based on a study carried out by a professor from George Washington University in the United States, Prof. Hussain Askari.
His findings published in the Global Economy Journal are a real eye opener as they showed that most of the countries that apply Islamic Principles in their daily lives are not the ones we know as Muslim countries or those that profess or claim to be Muslim countries.
Imagine that! The top seven countries are all non Muslim countries.
They are in order of their rankings: New Zealand is first followed respectively by Luxembourg, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Canada.
Malaysia came in at 38th which is not too bad compared to other so called Muslim countries.
And surprise surprise, the country where Islam began, Saudi Arabia is ranked at a lowly 131st position.
So what does it say of all the Muslim countries of the world?
Prof. Askari said the Muslims seem to care only about performing their religious obligations and rituals like the five daily prayers, fasting during Ramadan, paying the Zakat and reading the Quran.
Unfortunately the reality is they don’t practice what is required and espoused by the religion.
Thus their Iman and Ihsan is questionable.
So what gives?
When can we expect a Muslim country to be among the top 10 countries of the world that adhere to and follow what is required by Islam? Can we ever dream of that?
Yet in every Muslim country we are reminded every week in the Friday khutbah (sermon) on how we should be and how we should behave.
So, we just listen without ever taking cognisance of what were said?
So what are we really? Can we continually proclaim that we are a Muslim country?
I think everyone of us Muslims should ponder this.
Thus, is it a surprise when we learn of how New Zealand had reacted and the decisions it took following the murder of 50 people in the two mosques in Queenstown New Zealand earlier this month.
Datuk AhmadRejal Arbee has been in journalism for over 40 years, starting as a cadet reporter in the Straits Times in 1963 and heading its Johor Bahru office in 1966. He then moved to Bernama and became its first overseas correspondent to Jakarta in 1972. He also served as the Berita Harian Group Editor and the Editor of The Sun. Currently, he is reminiscing some of his memorable experiences throughout his long career in journalism.