If a people can play a leading role in global knowledge and civilization, if they can offer a new ladder to human beings with the purpose of helping them to improve, then they have achieved a constituent of the good life.
One of the things that ensures the Hayat al-Tayyebah [a good life] is playing a leading role in knowledge and global civilization. If a people can play a leading role in global knowledge and civilization, if they can offer a new ladder to human beings with the purpose of helping them to improve, then they have achieved a constituent of a good life. That is not the case [with the mainstream lifestyle] in the West. Although they have made many material achievements and put forward many new ideas and continue to do so, they have accompanied it by something with which one is certain to fall from this ladder of progress. They offered the steps [of progress] to human beings, but they did something to make sure that they would certainly fall from it.
They are corrupting morality. If you take a look at the western culture in the present time, you will see that the most indecent and inappropriate acts are becoming normal, legal and ordinary. If someone makes objections, they will be condemned. They advocate such things just because people like those affairs. Well, one might like many things. What will the fate of such decadence be in the west? They have no cure for that. Without a doubt, they have no way out of it. The path that they are taking and the manner they are wallowing in moral decadence will ruin the west. Poor people they are! One really feels pity for the people of such countries. They are miserable people. Their outstanding and influential personalities and their decision-makers are doing certain things because of their malevolent and vicious goals. Therefore, playing a leading role in knowledge and human civilization should be accompanied by spirituality.
September 16, 2015
 The term is derived from Chapter 16, verse 97 of the Quran.