In Islam and the Modern Man Maulana Wahiduddin Khan explains that the problems that confront man in the present age can all be traced, directly or indirectly, to one underlying cause: the separation of man from God. In this modern age man has acquired many material comforts, but he has lost his faith in God. Material progress has provided man with plenty of physical nourishment, but it has left his soul to starve. The soul is essential to the life of the body. If it is separated from the body entirely, then the body dies; and if it is deprived of spiritual nourishment, then it starves in the same way as the body does. It is this spiritual nourishment, which the Qur’an describes as ‘better and more lasting’ (20: 131). The greatest asset that Islam has to offer man today is this belief in God.