In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Imaam As-Sadi [rahimahullaah] said: Industrialization and Modern Inventions: Everyone has participated in it – the righteous, the wicked, the believer and the disbeliever. As for religion and [virtuous] manners, then indeed -in this era-, it has greatly declined. So, when this industrial advancement was not accompanied by Deen and Eemaan, it became a great harm from two angles:
Firstly: It beguiled many people, who – due of their ignorance – think that worldly advancement is proof to show that its people are more worthy of achieving every good than others. They are clearly misguided, for indeed a person may be one of the most skillful in affairs related to the material world, whilst he is one of the most ignorant people in affairs related to the Deen, virtuous manners and the [other] beneficial affairs in this life and the next.
Secondly: When these inventions are devoid of Deen, the mercy of the Deen and its wisdom, it becomes a great disaster for humankind due to the wars that resulted from them, killing, destruction and other affairs. Its overseers and scholars are unable to lay down – for humankind -a stable, just and good life, rather they have not ceased moving from one miserable state to another. This is inevitable and the continuous state of affairs shows that [to be the case]. Therefore all good is found in the sound religion and all evil is found in rejecting and wilfully denying [Allaah, His Messengers, His Laws, Guidance, Commands, Prohibitions etc] [Ref 1]
Saudi King Abdul Azeez [rahimahullaah] said: Indeed, the progress and advancement of the Muslims is one of those affairs we [pursue]–we call to it by the will of Allaah. [However], there cannot be advancement for the Muslims without a return to their religion, adherence to their sound creed and holding onto the Rope of Allaah [i.e. the Qur’aan and (authentic) Sunnah]. The path towards this is clear and facilitated for the one who wants to follow it, and that is to single out Allaah in worship – to be free from shirk and bidah- and act on that which the religion has commanded us, for indeed there is no benefit in speech if not [accompanied] by action. [Ref 2]
Ref 1: Al-Adillaul Qawaati Wal Baraaheen Fee Ibtaali Usoolil Mulhideen’ pages 45-46. abridged and slightly paraphrased
Ref 2: Haqeeqah Manhaj Al-Mamlakah Al-Arabiyyah As-Su’oodiyyah page 33]