Secularism is all about the means and actively distracts people from the ends. Because the ends are the domain of religion.
Secularism will tell you the importance of action but will only give you vague assertions about results. Because results are the domain of religion.
Secularism will tell you that you have to vote but won’t give you a substantive ethical vision on the basis of which to vote. Because substantive ethical visions are the domain of religion.
Secularism will tell you to respect all equally but won’t tell you what it means to be respectable. Because the core of respect and respectability is the domain of religion.
You might think that all this implies that as people become more secular, they become more neutral, more detached from anything of ethical substance, more disconnected from anything of meaning.
But you would be wrong because the heart can never be empty. The emptiness created by liberal secular vacuousness is quickly filled up with base cultural artifacts produced by corporate conglomerates and disseminated by a profit-driven mass media at the ready to broadcast and normalize fahisha and denigration. This becomes the religion of the masses, the contents of their character. This is the end, the purpose that secularism is meant to produce by design: to make you an obedient slave.
“Actions are by intentions” is the antidote for this poison. Constantly connecting your acts and your existence to their Source. Deeply reflecting on your purpose and your ends. This is something that only your Creator, the One who made you, can provide. So cleanse your heart of the accretions of base liberal secular culture and connect yourself to the only thing of true worth. This is the wasila that is sought.