Social Justice in Islam
By Sayyid Qutb
Translated By John B Hardie
Translation Revised and Introduction By Hamid Algar
Paperback 339 pages
ISBN : 9789839154160
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia
About The Book
Sayyid Qutb's strong conviction that Islam is superior to all other systems is made clear in this work.
Syed Qutb says that 'the ruler occupies his position only by the completely and absolutely free choice of all Muslims; and they are not bound to elect him by any compact with his predecessor'.
When the community becomes dissatisfied with a ruler, his rule must end. Nevertheless, Qutb does not provide for a completely democratic system. The system is fundamentally based on the Qur'an and sunnah.
About The Author
Syyid Qutb, true to his teachings died for the values he espoused. He was sentenced to death and hanged by a military court established by Nasser. Writing was his jihad against the jahiliyya that he saw all around him.
- 1906 : Born in the village Musha, northern Egypt.
- 1930's and 1940's: Qutb start working as a inspector of schools for the Egyptian Ministry of Education. He also tries to start a career as a writer, and publishes some books but without much success.
- 1948: Travels to USA on a scholarship to study the educational system, receiving a master's degree from the Colorado State College of Education.
- 1951:Sayyid Qutb returns to Egypt, and joins the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan ul Muslim)
- 1952: First volume of his commentary In the Shade of the Qur'an (Fi Zilal al-Qur'an) is published. There would be 29 more volumes to this work.
- 1954: He is arrested and sentenced to long imprisonment together with many other members of the Ikhwan,.
- 1964: After 10 years in prison, Qutb is released.
- 1965: Is allegedly part of the planning of the assassination of President Gamal Abdu l-Nasser, and is arrested again.
- 1966 August 29: Executed after being found guilty in the 1965 plot. May Allah Bless his Soul.
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