If someone says that Islam categorically declares this or that, he has no idea about Islam. Islam categorically states only three principles: the doctrines of monotheism (tawhid), prophecies and the afterlife.
All other subjects require specific knowledge of the situation. So, if one attacks me in a post saying that Islam is an outdated religion what delivers distorted judgements and in order to prove it he comes forth with judgements of the medieval ages or backward areas of distant continents, is on the wrong track. Situation is the same when one obtains knowledge about Islam from anti-Islamic brochures.
And We granted them Clear Signs in affairs (of Religion): it was only after knowledge had been granted to them that they fell into schisms, through insolent envy among themselves. Verily thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Judgment as to those matters in which they set up differences. (Quran 45:17)
The schisms between Jews and their differences arose from mutual envy, which was rebellious insolence against Allah. As the next verse shows, some of them (not all) rejected the mission of the holy Prophet, also through envy that a Prophet had come among the Arabians.
This is the interpretation in the narrow context. But in broader sense, Muslims have been hit by the same crisis. This is the crisis of knowledge, when it is filled with cold brain excluding warm heart. And it doesn’t concern Muslims only. The omission of seeing with heart is decisive in today's thinking.
Only profit and interest exist. No matter we have our Quran or not, the Muslim world is no longer different from the non-Muslim world. Knowledge has become a dividing power and not a connecting factor between us. Knowledge is not a bridge between us anymore, but a tool to make advantage for our own elite or ourselves.
In this respect, it is worth to compare the actual thinking of West and East. Let me emphasize: I speak about the situation today! The other aspect is that I am not talking about geographical West and East, but about perceptions. In the thinking of the West, scientific and technical progress is fundamental. However, there are prerequisites for this progress. Such is the level of education research, means, management, public thinking, literacy, etc. It is okay if this situation does not create a superior state where all of the elements listed above are expected to be patterns to follow.
However, it cannot be followed because the conditions are not available to the masses in the poorer parts of the world. That way, they automatically fall into the zombie category and have no chance to integrate. And if there is no integration, no matter we declare it or not, inferiors and superiors will appear, where the aspects will be determined by the richness in which the conditions come from. Of course, we can say that this situation is due to the East itself. Why doesn’t try to do something to stop the crisis and have no desire to integrate? This is approx. 50% true. Because the majority really do not have activity to achieve changes. But the rest 50% is due to the actual effect of the ex-colonial politics, repression, strategies of political systems, which are based on purely cold minds excluding the sight of hearts. Seeing with heart is now an empty phrase that has become a simple mean. It's used today to eliminate the vision of brain and calling for patience. Thus, the difference growths and gap is widening between West and East, resulting mass poverty, inadequate social status, and ignorance. This is what the East of today realized as well. Instead of seeing with heart, it has evolved the one-dimensional vision of the brain, too. Therefore, the East does not want to put an end to overpopulation and ignorance, but takes advantage out of it and uses it as a mean for its strategy. Of course, you can mention new schools, beautiful buildings, glittering centers as counterexamples. But this is just a showcase! Remember that we are 7 billion of which the majority suffers of poverty. No one wants to end this misery because it is an element of a strategy! We can see how many leading politicians are threatening with pouring a few million refugees into welfare systems if they don't get this and that. There is no heart-sight here either. There is only interest. And this interest continues to grow in the maintenance of misery on mass level.
Is it healthy to live in such a world? The answer comes from the history. In similar situations, barbaric armies have always prevailed over a given civilization. This is where vision with a clear brain leads. But similar logic can be applied to global problems, pollution, carbon emissions, water crisis, etc. The key is in this sentence: “it was only after knowledge had been granted to them that they fell into schisms, through insolent envy among themselves”.
Knowledge of the brain without heart becomes destroying power.
And where is Islam in this process? Nowhere! Today Islam is a tool, nothing more. Islam is used to install interests while it disappears slowly from the hearts. I have spent a lifetime with Quran, therefore let me say: take care! If Islam is planted in the hearts by angels, humanity will flourish. But if Satan controls Islam it will be a destructive power! Allah has never allowed this for Satan so far, nor will do it in the future! Therefore, don’t look for the error in the Quran, but in Satan!
Because, all that is good on earth comes from Allah, and all that corrupts good comes from man whose soul turns to Allah or Satan according to his own free will.