In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
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 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 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
In The Shade of The Qur’an
In The Shade Of The Qur’an has been universally recognized as an outstanding contribution to Islamic thought and scholarship, to which students and scholars, as well as contemporary Islamic revivalist movements all over the world, owe a great deal. Now that it is available in English, it will continue to enlighten and inspire millions more. It will take its rightful place as an indispensable work of reference for a proper understanding of contemporary Islamic thinking.
Milestones (Special Edition)
Few thinkers have had such an influence on the contemporary Islamic thought as ash-shaheed Sayyid Qutb. Since his execution in 1964 in Cairo, his death became the perfect illustration of one of the processes through which a human being becomes part of the revolutionary movement aimed at changing the world and bringing in a new ethical moral order based on freedom, brotherhood, and justice for all.
Islam stands for change. It seeks to change the individual and the society. This change covers every aspect of human life: form personal morality to business economics and politics. It is only natural that Islam should be fought by those who want to keep the status quo. This is the way it has always been throughout history: Adam to Nuh, Ibrahrim, Musa, Isa, and Muahmmad (peace be upon them). It will happen to anyone who wants to stand up and proclaim the true message of Islam to the world.