It may be pointed out that some non-religious societies possess good ethics and a desirable and safe social environment. This is opposed to some religious societies that have an undesirable social environment. That some Islamic societies have not achieved felicity and comfort is mainly due to being disordered and having incorrect Islamic training. In fact, what individual and social felicity are dependent upon is the application of religious commandments. The mere naming of a society as religious will not have much benefit to its people, because what is of value is its reality and not its claims. A person who calls himself a Muslim but does not act in accordance with its teachings and with inner darkness, vile ethics and ugly conduct waits for the angel of felicity, is like a sick person who has put his doctorâs prescription aside and has hope of recovery. It is clear that with these thoughts and imaginary expectations he cannot reach to his destination. Of course we can find these types of problems in all countries in regards to some persons and groups, but what is important for us in this book is to identify the probable causes of such cases in Islamic societies. Among these causes we can point to the neglect of religious teachings, misunderstanding of religious commandments, exegesis based on personal opinion, lack of referral to Islamic scholars for the correct understanding of Islamic teachings and also some deprivations imposed by secular societies.
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