As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. A color-coded map may be even more useful.

In this case, we’d say so anyway.

The map shown here was created with data from the IFSB–the Islamic Financial Services Board.

As you can see, there are some regions that stand out in terms of the prominence of Shariah Finance, and within those regions, three countries in particular stand out as the three leading countries when it comes to Shariah-compliant finance:

• Iran

• Saudi Arabia

• Sudan

It is worth noting that:

• Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of Jihadist terrorism and is a serial proliferator of nuclear technology and ballistic missile technology. Iran also has a terrible human rights record.

• Saudi Arabia has a dismal human rights record of its own and wealthy Saudis have been known to financially support Jihad, while more of their countrymen than those of any other country have joined Al Qaeda over the years.

• Sudan is also a state sponsor of terrorism with a dismal human rights record, along with genocide on their list of offenses.

The one thing these three nations all have in common is, of course, Shariah.



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