Milestones By Sayyid Qutb (Ma'alim
Paperback 315 Pages
Edited By A B Al-Mehri
Published By Dar Al-Wahi, Malaysia
Also Includes the Following as appendices
Remembering Sayyid Qutb, an Islamic Intellectual and leader of rare insight and integrity
- Is there any evidence the muslim brotherhood was, to all intent and purposes, hijacked by Sayyid Qutb?
- Interview with the wife of Yusuf Hawwash (executed with Syyid Qutub)
- al-I'tidaal Fee Sayyid Qutb' Q&A with Shiak Al-Albani
- Letter from Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd to Raby bin Hadee-al-Madkhali
- Fatwa (legal verdict) regarding Sayyid Qutb by Shaykh ibn Jibreen
today is on the brink of a precipice, not because of the danger of complete
annihilation which is hanging over its head-this being just a symptom and not
the real disease
This work outlines the various stages in the
establishment of a true Islamic life. After describing the mission of Islam
and the methodology to achieve it, the author shows how the Prophet (pbuh)
prepared and trained the first Muslim community and how later Muslims lost
this initiative and revolutionary spirit.
Qutb, like most contemporary Islamic revivalists, was distressed with
the growing distance between Islamic values, institutions and practices and
the emerging postcolonial Muslim societies, specially in his native Egypt. In
Milestones, he sought to answer some of the fundamental questions such as
why Islam needs to be revived?
why no other way of life is adequate?
What is the true essence of an Islamic identity and an Islamic existence (he
uses the term "concept" to signify these two elements)?
How was Islam established by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his
Can the same method, which was undoubtedly divine in its conception be
Qutb is particularly concerned with this issue of 'Islamic
methodology". He believes that Islamic values and the manner in which
they are to be realized (read as were realized by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and
his glorious companions) both together constitute the faith of Islam.
Milestones by Sayyid Qutb Sayyid Qutb is easily one of the major architects
and 'strategists' of contemporary Islamic revival. Along with other social
activists in the middle of the 20th century, he gave shape to the ideas and
the worldview that has mobilized and motivated millions of Muslims, from
Malaysia to Michigan, to strive to reintroduce Islamic practices into their
lives, and to alter social and political institutions so as to reflect Islamic
principles. Milestones was written to educate and motivate the potential
vanguard of the re-Islamization movement. Qutb, like most contemporary Islamic
revivalists, was distressed with the growing distance between Islamic values,
institutions and practices and the emerging postcolonial Muslim societies,
especially in his native Egypt. In Milestones, he seeks to define some
fundamental concepts, including why Islam needs to be revived, the true
essence of an Islamic identity and an Islamic existence, jihad, and how Islam
was established by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions. Qutb is
particularly concerned with this issue of "Islamic methodology." He believes
that Islamic values, as well as the manner in which they are to be realized,
together constitute the faith of Islam.
About Syed Qutb
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: Qutb returns to Egypt, and joins the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan
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
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.
August 29: Executed after being found guilty in the 1965 plot
Syed 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 Milestones was his
jihad against the jahiliyya that he saw all around him
There is no good in
most of their secret conferences, apart from the one who enjoins charity and
kindness and peace-making among people, whoever does that, seeking the pleasure
of Allah, we shall bestow on him a great rewards
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