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Sunday 31 August 2014

Ireland named as the best country for 'adhering to Koran'

Danielle Stephens

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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Dublin is one of the highest centres for Islamic investment
Dublin is one of the highest centres for Islamic investment

IRELAND is the best country in the world for adhering to the Koran, according to an Economic 'Islamicity' Index.

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Out of 208 countries, Ireland was judged to be the most capable of following its teachings, with Denmark and Luxembourg in second and third place.

The index, which was published in the Global Economy Journal, used four main criteria for ranking the various countries. Economic achievements, human and political rights, international relations and the structure of those in power were the main pillars for deciding who followed the fundamental lessons of Islam.

There are an estimated 49,000 Muslims living in Ireland and Dr Ali Selim, a senior member of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI), told the Irish Independent that the number has increased rapidly over the last few years.

He attributed an "easy existence" between the Irish and the Muslims to a history of social similarities.

"Ireland was once occupied and many Irish people suffered from racism attached to being associated with terrorism. Muslims have this confrontation wherever they go," said Dr Selim.

Referring to one of the criterion used in the 'Islamicity' Index, the ICCI spokesman talked about the economic opportunities that Ireland offered to many Muslim immigrants. Dr Selim added that "in the Koran, Muslims are commanded to accomplish prosperity and Dublin is one of the highest economic centres for Islamic investment".

The study was produced by Hossein Askari and Scheherazade S Rehman, two professors at George Washington University in the US.

Surprisingly, not one country where Islam is the majority religion made it into the top 25, with Israel and China being rated higher in the list.

Mr Askari explained that Muslim countries do very badly on these types of lists because those in power in Islamic countries often don't follow the rules of the Koran.

Meanwhile, a new diabetes information resource has been launched in the run-up to Ramadan.

The campaign allows those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, to manage their condition while fasting. It also encourages everyone to consult with a medical professional before and during the fast.

'The Facts About Fasting During Ramadan' is supported by Diabetes Ireland and the info graph available on their website includes a blood sugar tracker, a list of symptoms to be aware of, and healthy diet guidelines.

Starting on the June 28, Muslims will abstain from eating or drinking, from sunrise until sunset for one month.

Irish Independent

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