From the writings of the two eminent scholars of tafseer: Abdur Rahman
As-Sadee and Muhammad Al-Ameen Ash-Shinqeeti.
There is no path to righteousness, correctness, happiness and success
for humanity in this world or the hereafter except by following this
religion and holding fast to its direction and guidance. No one can try
to doubt this for verily, in the era of the rightly guided caliphs and
righteous kings, when this nation was guided by its (the Quran’s)
knowledge, direction and its cultivation for the individual and
community, their worldly situation was correct and good just as their
religious practice was. So they became the loftiest exemplary model
regarding power, might, honour, justice, mercy and all perfect qualities
attainable by humanity.
Then, afterwards, when they neglected its factual and practical
knowledge, they faltered and fell apart and have not ceased to be in a
state of decrease, weakness and humiliation until they review and retake
In contrast to that, from the most astonishing of matters, yet not
strange, is that despite the rise of the other nations in these times as
regards astonishing industrial production, miraculous inventions, and
awesome power, they do not increase in anything but misery. This is to
the extent that their civilization, although they are amazed by it and
it is submitted to by other nations, is under the threat of total
destruction at all times.