came back to Earth, which countries would he think are doing a better job of upholding the pillars of Islam? Sure wouldn't be any Arab country. They are so corrupt and do so little for their poor that Muhammad
would weep to think that nations like Saudi Arabia and Egypt claim a special prestige among the faithful. Arab nations also do very little about cleanliness -- something quite important to the prophet; streets are filthy, government buildings even more so.
Same for non-Arab Muslim
nations. Iran and Indonesia? Corrupt and venal to the bone.
Certainly individuals struggle to keep behave as Muhammad
would want, but the governments, many of which claim to act in accordance with Islamic values, would be viewed as abominations.
would look around and pick out Japan, North America and Western Europe as doing the best job of putting his principles into action. People are clean, respectful (well, in Japan, at least), and take good care of the poor. Compared to Muslim
nations, which tend to be dirty, corrupt and whose Islamic observances are fixated on the performance of public acts of faith (prayer five times a day) and are obsessed with alcohol
and sex, the West is far more in tune with what we understand Muslim
values to be.
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