“I went to the West and saw Islam, but no Muslims;
I got back to the East and saw Muslims, but no Islam.”
Our mission is to stimulate peaceful reform in Muslim countries by encouraging effective institutions.
The Islamicity Indices substantiate the observation that Western countries better reflect Islamic institutions than do countries that profess Islam and also provide the compass for renewal and progress in Muslim countries.
The Islamicity Indices enable Muslims to focus on the indisputable source of their religion—the Qur’an—and are a continuous performance indicator of their rulers, governments and communities. The Indices also provide a simple approach to explain Islam to the non-Muslim world. With a better understanding of Islam in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities, peaceful reform and effective institutions will be more readily achieved in Muslim countries.
We have incorporated the “Islamicity Foundation,” a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation in the United States with Hossein Askari, Hossein Mohammadkhan, Fara Abbas and Anna Askari as its initial Directors. The Foundation has taken ownership of the Islamicity Indices project with the mission of bringing about peaceful and positive change in Muslim countries. To this end, the Foundation will develop an organizational structure that is supported by a vast global community of Muslims who better understand the teachings of the Qur’an and support peaceful reforms and more effective institutions. Such an informed global community of Muslims, with the moral support of millions of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world, would be in a position to peacefully encourage rulers to build effective institutions and to initiate much-needed reforms to enhance human and economic development across Muslim countries.
The Foundation will collaborate with local country partners, who initially represent over half the Muslim World to publicize the program and the latest indices, monitor developments along each dimension of the indices and to issue an annual report on their country’s indices and policies to establish effective institutions (increasing the number of countries covered each year). The Foundation will issue annual report delineating areas of progress and shortfall and will oversee the yearly improvement and updating of the Islamicity Indices and adoption of a third party audit plan for data and calculations. Among other initiatives, the Foundation will oversee the further development and expansion of the Islamicity website to a new platform to allow interactive capabilities for a connected global network and hopes to initiate a Fellows Program and a Faculty Exchange Program. To achieve its mission, the Foundation plans to raise a significant endowment to generate a sufficient income stream. Although the Islamicity Foundation has been organized as a stand-alone entity, in time and if appropriate it could partner with a world-class university. This would afford the Foundation and its mission more visibility; it would facilitate fundraising activities; and most important, by teaching seminars on Islam and development and on Islamicity Indices, the Foundation could develop a cadre of young collaborators to better accomplish its mission around the world. Please click here for a Program Summary.
We are four individuals acting in our private capacity. Our founding member is a PhD economist (Hossein Askari), another member is a finance specialist (Hossein Mohammadkhan), a third is a PhD in Islamic Economics/Finance (Liza Mydin), and a fourth is a web specialist (Mostafa Omidi).
We feel that soon after Prophet Mohammad’s death Islam came under the control of rulers and clerics. This has continued throughout history to the point where today we see clerics, rulers, politicians, terrorists, institutions, organizations and individuals espousing a religion that bears very little resemblance to the teachings of the Qur’an. In most Muslim countries, the people have little say about the governance of their country and they are prohibited from discussing and discovering their religion. Rulers and clerics have placed themselves as the only legitimate interpreters of Islam and routinely dismiss questions from Muslims as ill-informed and not worthy of discussion. Such a disconnect between the teachings of the Qur’an and its practice has emboldened radicals, opportunists and terrorists to fill the void and to preach a version of Islam that has perverted the religion, divided humanity, pitted Muslim against Muslim, Muslims against Christians, Muslims against Jews and is destroying the fellowship of humankind that is at the core of all religions of the Book. We address this disconnect between the teachings of the Qur’an and the practice of Islam in the Muslim World. Our approach is to establish a benchmark (a collection of rules), based on the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Mohammad, which Muslims can use to assess the governance and policies of their countries to establish effective institutions.