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Book Review 3: In the Shade of the Quran by Sayyid Qutb : Anwar al Awlaki On-Line

Book Review 3: In the Shade of the Quran by Sayyid Qutb

June 22, 2008 - الأحد 18 جمادى الثانية 1429 by Anwar alAwlaki  
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This work by the Shaheed -by the will of Allah- along with “Milestones” represent his greatest works and the fruits of his life. I received 5 of the 6 volumes along with Madarij al Salikeen as the first books I was allowed to have. This came after a period of two months with nothing but the Quran. Having had the chance to spend that time with the book of Allah and to contemplate on it, I wanted to read what our scholars had to say about Quran so I ordered Tafsir Ibn Kathir which is a proper classical tafsir along with “In the Shade of the Quran” which is more about thoughts and insights on the book of Allah in addition to it being a contemporary tafsir.
Sayyid is a very prolific and eloquent writer. His style is unique. If someone has read for him then he could recognize his writings without having to be told who the author is. With Ibn kathir his tafsir is full of Hadiths and statements of scholars and rulings so it must be read slowly. I would limit myself to a maximum of 30 pages a day. But because of the flowing style of Sayyid I would read between 100-150 pages a day. In fact I would read until my eyes got tired. My left eye would get exhausted before the right eye so I would close it with my hand and carry on reading with my right eye until it can handle it no more and would just shut down. My vision started deteriorating especially in my left eye. Was it because of too much reading, or was it because of poor lighting, Allah knows best. I found that deteriorating eyesight along with kidney problems where the two most common complaints of the prisoners.
I would be so immersed with the author I would feel that Sayyid was with me in my cell speaking to me directly. There was something about my reading in prison: I could feel the personality of the author through his words. So even though I was in solitary confinement I was never alone. I was with ibn Kathir for some days, with ibn al Qayyim, Sayyid Qutb, al Shawkani, al-Nawawi and many others on other days. How could I feel the loneliness when all of these great men where my companions?
I believe it was Ibn al Mubarak who when asked why he used to spend his time alone said: And how can I be alone when I am in the companionship of the Sahaba?
My favourite parts of the Shades were Sura Yusuf, and al Qasas. Sayyid has a beautiful way of presenting the stories of Yusuf and Musa in these suras. Then there are the introductions to surah al Ankaboot and al Ra’d. In his introduction of al Ankaboot he has some wonderful words about trails and in the intro to Sura al Ra’d he talks about the miracle of Quran.
Something that the reader of Sayyid couldn’t fail to feel is the immense love Sayyid had for the words of Allah.
I lived with “In the Shade of the Quran” for over a month. It carried me through and offered me solace during that period. May Allah reward him abundantly on the Day of Judgment. Then I moved on to Sharh ibn Aqeel which is a book on Arabic grammer and the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir but my next comments will be on the “al Bidaya wa al Nihaya” by Ibn Kathir.


57 Responses to “Book Review 3: In the Shade of the Quran by Sayyid Qutb”
  1. MoiezNo Gravatar says:

    Subhanallah so many books to digest and so little time, I feel like a fat kid who just had a 5 course meal and is being presented with an all you can eat buffet at the end of every hour! haha but the stomach can hold only so much aaah! May Allah bless all the muslims with good memory. Jazakallah Khair Shaikh, we are on our way to making Islam the champion of the world cup one step at a time. keep us in your duas

  2. Mohammed MansoorNo Gravatar says:

    May Allah Guide us to the truth
    Since i am not a student of arabic, where would i find books translated to english.It would be greatful of you to translate few of the classics to english. Duas and salams to muslims

  3. Abu TalhaNo Gravatar says:

    Jazakallah Khair Sheikh…you answered one very important question that I would’ve asked you if I had ever met you (Inshallah one day), i.e. your stance on Sayyid Qutb (RA). I was confused by the statements of some scholars as to whether his writings were correct, but Alhamdulillah you have answered that. I have Milestones at home, but I stopped reading it after I was confused, but Inshallah will begin again. May Allah reward you in this life and in the next, Ameen

  4. Abdullah ibn Umm MaktumNo Gravatar says:

    Masha Allah, djazakAllah for the sharing of your thoughts again.
    Much people talk bad about Sayyid these times, but may Allah forgive him and reward him the peek of jannah.

  5. Gravatar says:

    Agreed on Sayyid Qutbs Shade of the Quraan, I was given Volume 30 as a wedding gift, started reading the shorter surah’s first as i read these in salaah – For non-arabic muslims, i cant stress how these writings improve your salaah & general understanding of Quraan.

  6. Musl1mNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu alaikum all,

    You may download Milestones in PDF here.

  7. Usman AkhtarNo Gravatar says:

    I love this blog so much, for so many reasons. This should be the islamic reading list for everybody. His reviews make me want to read the book right away.

    I put this blog on an islamic toolbar, again very very good!

  8. Abu MuslimNo Gravatar says:

    Asalaamualykum shaykh, jazakAllahu khair for your posts and lectures. Looking forward to the next book review of Ibn Kathirs al Bidaya wa al Nihaya as this masterpiece is so vast.

  9. al-AfghaneeNo Gravatar says:

    Assalaamu Alaykum dear Imaam,

    Alhamdulillaah my beloved brother and teacher in Islaam it is always pleasing to hear from you to know you are well- may Allaah (سبحانه وتعالى) preserve and protect you and your family- Aameen.

    With regards to your quotation of the Mujahid Shaykh Abdullaah ibn al Mubaarak (rahimahullah) then indeed you are correct masha’allaah.

    The full narration is as follows:

    It is reported from Nu’aym bin Hammaad:
    ‘Abdullaah bin Al-Mubaarak used to often stay at home, so he was asked, “Don’t you get lonely?” He replied, “How could I get lonely when I am with the Prophet– (صلى الله عليه وسلم) (i.e. I read his hadeeth)?”

    Also on the authority of Nu’aym bin Hammaad:
    It was once said to ‘Abdullaah bin Al-Mubaarak, “O Abu ‘Abd Al-Rahmaan, you often sit alone at home.” He said, “I am alone? I am with the Prophet- (صلى الله عليه وسلم)– and his Companions (ra).” Meaning: reading hadeeth.
    Ibn ‘Asaakir, Taareekh Dimashq 32/458.

    Shaqeeq bin Ibraaheem reports:
    It was once said to ‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubaarak, “After you have prayed with us you don’t sit with us?” He replied, “I go and sit with the Sahaabah and the Taabi’een.” We said, “And how can you sit with the Sahaabah and Taabi’een (when they have all passed away)?” He replied, “I go and read the knowledge I have collected, I find their narrations and deeds. What would I do with you? You sit around backbiting people.”

    Source: Adh-Dhahabee, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’ in his biography of ‘Abdullaah bin Al-Mubaarak.

    I pray this helps in some way.

    Wa Alaykum wa Assalaam,


  10. Abul-QasimNo Gravatar says:

    As-Salamu Alaykum

    Can’t wait for the next book review…There all so good.Al-Hamdullah.

  11. MuslimahNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamualykum sheikh, I hope that your well inshAllah. May Allah give you eyesight better than what you previously had and make your kidney stronger and healthier than before. AllahumaAmeen.
    I wanted to ask you whether average non Arab speaking Muslims can pick up these kinds of books and read it without a teacher as sometimes the books are not translated well; therefore causing one to misunderstand the works of such scholars and maybe eventually leading to some sort deficiency or misconception in the Deen.

  12. yusufNo Gravatar says:

    Salamu alaikum sheikh,

    I reverted to Islam 2 years ago and may allah grant jenna to the brother that handed me a book called “milestones” by sayid Qutb ra. The clarity of thought translated onto the page. Subhanallah.

    Sheikh, I live in the UK and there is a revival here, slowly. The Muslims are seeing through the Saudi funding, and the government funding, and the apologists and the quilliam foundations of the world. They are starting to taste the sweetness of iman, one at a time.

    Whenever I meet someone who has zeal for the deen, I give them milestones, and some of your lectures. :)

    Salamu alaikum

  13. JameelNo Gravatar says:

    Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatuhu
    Dear Sheikh Anwar,
    I have just embarked on learning more about Islam. I wanted some clarification on the four main schools of thought (Fiqh). This may sound like an unintelligent question but do we have to label ourselves as being one of the four i.e. Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and the Hanbali school? I assume you are with the Shafi’i school of thought.
    And is growing your beard classed as Fard and Wajib?
    I truly appreciate the valuable insight and understand the sacrifice you have made for preserving the truth. May Allah (swt) protect you and your family Ameen.
    With love and duas
    Your brother,

  14. Muslimah86No Gravatar says:

    Mashallah JazakhAllahu Kheir Shaykh this was a very insightful review!
    To you too MusI1m i have uploaded the PDF for Milestone and have already started reading it!

  15. humarNo Gravatar says:

    I wish you would post some info/advice for perspective hujjaj and umrah goers before i leave inshAllah

  16. ourdialogue02No Gravatar says:

    alhamdulilah, the basic knowledge we need is that of arabiyyah and there is a whole library waiting to be read in very many and fine books am doing all i can.
    Again, there is a good book i prefer the sheikh translates first rights and Obligations by Abu Baseer At-Tartosi

  17. RaheelNo Gravatar says:

    Asslamu alaikum
    JazaakAllah khairan Shaykh for another heart warming review.
    With love and respect,
    Wassalam Alaikum, Raheel

  18. JameelNo Gravatar says:

    Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatuhu
    I think the poem written by the Shaheed insha’Allah Sayyid Qutb ‘From Behind Bars’ is quite apt:
    My brother, you are free behind these gates.
    My brother, you are free within these chains.
    For if upon Allah you do rely.
    The intrigues of his slaves can bring no pains

  19. meNo Gravatar says:

    Assalam Aleykum
    OMG! Anwar awlaki Ma’shallah shaikh i so listen to ur lectures and Walah they are the best MAy Allah bless you for helping us understand our religion in a very unique prespective Thank You
    Assalam aleykum

  20. Abu dharaarNo Gravatar says:

    Asalamualikum jamee’an!

    All i can say is, it feels good to wet your eyes after reading this blog…

    Jazakumullah khair Sheikh..

    Wa salam!

  21. yusufNo Gravatar says:


    You may be aware of a campaign bythe “Salafis”. They have written a whole treatise called “what is the manhaj of Anwar Al Awlaki”. Its a classic document, full of twisted logic and assumptions that certain shuhada insh are actuallynot so because they were killed by Saudi security forces! I have listened to many of your lectures, but the document convinced me more than ever that you must be transmitting Islam in your lectures!!! Mashallah!!!


    Yar sheikh, Can you give us some simple advice on what we do in the West? I have worked with this group and that group, as you do, and I have a conundrum.

    Do I work to implement shariah here, or do I give dawa with the intention of it effecting a Muslim leader,or are these both bogus calls. I understand that there are 2 fards. Repelling the aggressor, and establishment of the shariah to make allahs word the highest. Jihad, and khilafah. Do I follow the “meccan” period? We live in a multi layered reality. Scholars for dollars love to tell us as an ummah what we need t do, while ignoring the political situation. Please issue a fatwa or something. Guidance is needed, as is clarity so that the Muslims can work in clarity of thought.

    I guess what im asking is “what is your manhaj” !!! In all sincerity brother as you are respected I know that it is delicate but I need to hear what you understand according to the Quran and sunnah.

    My email is

  22. Abul-QasimNo Gravatar says:

    As-Salamu Alaikum is 100% supporting you, yaa Imam Al-Gharb.

    Yaa Imam please come out with a new lecture. The muslims of the west need a push.

  23. IbraheimNo Gravatar says:

    Brother Anwar,

    Salam Alaykum. As other brothers from the west have requested we would greatly appreciate your advice on many situations many of us have here (like riba, american women, halal/haram jobs and food etc etc etc.) Some of us have emailed you and waited patiently but have not yet heard a reply. I am willing to wait as long as I need to as I understand you are probably very busy but can you please allow some type of question and answer section on this website? It could be public or private Q & A but some of us just need answers. If you do not know some of the answers as you have stated many times in your speeches then it is better to say Allah Knows. I hope that you can do this great service to your fellow brothers. As you have read in ALL of you comments for any subject people have alot of respect for your perspective because you base it off of Quran and Hadith. Please help us brother. You can email me at May Peace Be With You and your family brother Anwar.

  24. Muhammad Q.No Gravatar says:

    Assalamu Alaikum, Imam Anwar.
    I have been meaning to read many of the books you’re discussing, and now I’m motivated to actually go and read them.

    I also love all of your work such as previous lectures and the like. It has put a love of Islam in my heart like never before.

    May Allah accept all your struggles, efforts and deeds and give you Jannah inshaAllah..

  25. AnonymNo Gravatar says:

    Abu Suhayb Sinaan (radiAllahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
    “How amazing is the case of a believer;there is good for him in everything,and this charactristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something good he is thankful and that is good for him; and if he comes across some diversity,he is patient and that is good for him.”

  26. Muslimah86No Gravatar says:

    Br. Yusuf can you please elaborate on what the “salafi’s” have said in your previous comment.

  27. Muhammad N.No Gravatar says:

    May Allah bless you brother in this world
    and the hereafter. Thank you for your reviews it will benefit all of us inshallah.

  28. gulet mohammedNo Gravatar says:

    Imam Anwar i am a big fan of you. I listen to all your lectures every day after morning prayer. i live in Northern Virginia and i go to the same mosque you use to go to dal hijrah. I WISH YOU WAS STILL GOING THERE BROTHER SO I COULD ASK YOU QUESTIONS. Brother i’ve listen to the battle of the mind, dust well never settle and many more. But do you have life of the Prophets of ISA, if do please email me( or if you don’t please make one. thank you

  29. PashtanaNo Gravatar says:

    Salam Alykm warahmatulalhe wabarakatoh!
    dhaikh Anwar! jazakallahu khairan for your hard work may Allah grant you the highest rank of Jannah! I had few of your lectures and passed them to some new muslimahs..and mashallah since then its going around from hand to hand :) alhamdolillah 3la thalik..Please keep up and waiting for your new lectures..and yes its only the western muslim even we here in the middle east need it.


  30. yusufNo Gravatar says:

    salamu alaikum sister muslimah,

    Its at a salafimanhaj site. The saudi backed usurped salafi movement which are by all accounts apostates. The UK is full of this “dawah salafiyaa” which sounds very noble, but is reminiscent of all of the “reformist” movements, which Islam is not.

    May Allah guide this ummah through the deceptions of Shaitan. Ameen.

  31. MuamerNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu Alaykum WaRahmatuallahi Wabarakatuhu Ya Skeikh
    I read brother Yusuf’s comment about the book being written against you.
    Funny thing is i see the pattern all over again

    Imam Ahmad ra- was imprisioned and humiliated and people went against him

    Ibn Taymiyyah ra – was imprisioned also and people were against him (and look at the reason why he was imprisioned)

    Ibn Al-Qayyim – Was humiliated and people went against him aswell

    Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki – Was imprissioned and NOW you got people going against you

    Skeikh may Allah reward you and your family and may He strengthen you and guide you till the day you meet Him. Thank you for all your work

  32. MuamerNo Gravatar says:

    By the way Skeikh
    I’ve read different biographies about you and ive always wanted to know more about you if you dont mind me asking can you tell us a bit more about your daily life, i know you taught to us to get knowledge that benefits but since there are so many biographies of different scholars out there i was thinking why not know more about the one we listen the most. For the ones that havent met you but InshAllah we will
    If its possible:
    Your daily life?
    Your Profession?
    your hobbies if you have any?
    are you married if so do you have children?
    Imam Malik liked Bananas haha whats foods do you enjoy?
    Who were your teachers?
    Anything that can tell us more about you basically.
    JazakAllah Khayr

  33. Abu NinjaNo Gravatar says:

    Just to reply to a comment made by another brother.

    I am a salafi and I love Anwar al-Awlaki. Also I know some major salafi duaat in the west who also love Anwar al-Awlaki. Like Abu Usamah ath-Thahabi who advised in one of his lectures for people to listen to the lectures of Anwar al-Awlaki.

    On the other hand I do know of some salafis (excluding the idiots of SP, as they make tabdee of everyone) who warn against the shaikh, but it is unfair to label all salafis with one brush.

  34. Abu NinjaNo Gravatar says:

    Shaikh, may Allah reward you for your efforts.

    I really think you should write a book about your experiences and life. I think you owe it to the Muslims as I think it will be very beneficial InshaAllah.

  35. AbdullahNo Gravatar says:

    Asslamo alaikum

    Brother Abu Ninja can you please give me the name of the lecture where Sheik Abu Usama reccomend listening to lectures of Sheik Anwar Al-awlaki?

    jazakallah khair

  36. Abu NinjaNo Gravatar says:

    It was a lecture Abu Usamah gave in Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham. I cant remember the name of it, but I was sat in the lecture and heard Abu Usamah say that people should buy Anwar al-Awlaki lectures as they are very good.

  37. Abu dharaarNo Gravatar says:


    Sheikh, Please write your biography as we would love to know more about you. We need to know more about a scholar from whom we take these precious pearls of knowledge. Please let us know when will be you available to hold a lecture on paltalk as many of us want to benefit from your knowledge.

    To Br Abu Ninja,

    Brother in islam, I have also read the so called ” jarah wa tadeel” from Super “salafis”. They have caused more harm to daawatu salafiyyah than they did some good. Their Dawa is on decline in the west and there is a new awakening going on all around the world which will bear the fruits of tawheed soon, Bi’Ithnillahi Ta3ala. As far as i know Abu Usama A dhabi, he is not on the same page as Br Anwar Al Awlaki.

    Wa Allahu A’alam.

  38. Abu dharaarNo Gravatar says:

    To Br. Abu Ninja, Those “salafis” are famous for character assasination of many scholars as one of their “flag bearer of Jarah wa ta’bdee” was also critisized by Sh Abu Bark a Zaid for character assasination of Syed Qutub Rahimuallah. May ALlah swt lift the veil of iggnorance from humanity..Ameen

  39. Abu NinjaNo Gravatar says:

    Akhi Abu Dharaar if you re-read what I initially wrote, you will see that I mentioned how we should not pay any heed to the idiots of SP (salafipublications), as they make tabdee on everyone who is not with them, so there is no point in one wasting any time with them. In fact I personally don’t even regard them as Salafis.

    All I mentioned was that im a Salafi who loves and respect Imam Anwar al-Awlaki dearly. Also my close friends, who are also Salafis, love and respect Imam Anwar dearly also.

    I was just trying to get the point across, that if SOME Salafis do criticize Imam Anwar, it is unfair to label all Salafis with the same brush. Just like for example, if you see some Muslims drink alcohol, it is pretty illogical to therefore come to the conclusion that all Muslims drink alcohol and therefore Islam is bad.

    I also love and respect Shaikh Bakr Abu Zayd (raheemaullah) who was from the Major scholars of our time. An whether or not Abu Usamah is on the same page as Imam Anwar is not the issue, as if you look in history you will find ulamah had differences with each other. All im saying is that I know of Salafi speakers in the West who love Anwar al-Awlaki and recommend Muslims to listen and purchase his lectures. Like Abu Usamah ath-Thahabi and Tawfique Chowdhury.

    Also all praise due to Allah, I had the opportunity to spend two days with Imam Anwar some years ago in Nottingham in the UK. I was assigned to look after all the speakers at the conference, however I spent most of my time with Imam Anwar.

    I really hope that Imam Anwar does write a book about his life InshaAllah.

  40. hamid deenNo Gravatar says:

    assalam lam hu alai kum imam and fellow bothers and sisters sheikh i want to know if syed qutub wrote in his books insulting the sahaba may this is why the salafis dont like him can you elaborate jazak allah

  41. anwarNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu alaykum Hamid,
    I haven’t come accross any insult of the Sahabah in the books of Sayyid that I have read.

  42. hamid deenNo Gravatar says:

    brother anwar i will find out on which books exactly maybe its taken out of context jazak allah

  43. NoSalafiNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu Alaykum Brother Anwar.

    I want to start with a prayer for all muslims and the mujahidin in particular everywhere they are. Jazak Allah Khair for solving some of my doubt about the great shahid of Islam Sayd Qutb, May Allah reward him with the Firdows. The dollars “Salafis” are working hard to killhis reputation. They will be asked Insha Allah on the Day of judgement.They can’t and will never convince me b/c i know they sold the religion with a big bucks. The Sheikh they follow are the puppet of the Royal Family. The so called “salafus Salih” think like a Jewish. That the Jennah belong to them alone. But you revived my love for the Shahid when Mashaa Allah a scholars like you are, who suffered in the hand of the Godless people and the armies of Dajjal recognized the great work he has done with the Qur’an. I know you’r very busy as one of the brother mentioned. Can you please tell people more about the Shahid (RA). May Allah protect you and your family from those blood suckers. Can you also talk a little about the “Salaful” Daiine( the lost ones). b/c We know the prophet (PBUH) said stic to the Qur’an and my Sunnah. Are they closer to the Sunnah than anybody b/c they are from the Saudi Arabia (the twin sister of Isreal).

  44. hamidNo Gravatar says:

    salam nosalafi aki brother/sister you should not insult the ulema regardless if you think of them as puppets because you dont know how rhe ulema advice the rulers its a lenghty topic in it self but instead of swering at them have dialogue with them

  45. salafiNo Gravatar says:

    Sheikh Bin Baaz and Sheikh Uthaymeen were not puppets of the Saudi Kings. We should look at their message before coming to a conclusion. They were the most respected and most learned scholars of modern times. may Allah give them the highest gardens of paradise. Ameen.

  46. Musa Ala-Ud-DinNo Gravatar says:

    Allah sent yr work to me when I had put myself into a pit, my Lord extended to me a way out & how to continue along the path. I ask ALLAH AZAWAJAL to bless u, yr family & yr work in this life & in the next life may u see the complete fulfillment of yr achievement & efforts insha Allah. AMEEN

  47. AbdullahNo Gravatar says:

    السلام عليكم

    May Allah Bless you Shiekh Anwar and reward you for your efforts,i ask you for more lectures Shiekh we are in need of weekley uptades Sheikh,i mean if we look at the media we see weekly shows of songs etc so why cant it be the opposite !!

    and to everyone who commented on this site including me and the visitors who are reading the comments and who came across this comment please please spread this site to all the people you know and take part in propogating Islam…May Allah Bless you.

  48. ibnmuadhNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu alaykum…

    Please Shaykh, I just want a recommendation of which consice tafseer will be best for clarity. Some criticise Shaykh AlMawdudi’s Tafheemal Qur’an, Ibn Kathir might not be self explanatory and Dhilal might be too long. What do you know about Mufti Taqi Usmani’s Tafseer? Is it ideal..or I should go ahead with Ibn katheer? Jazakallahu khayran

  49. Umm Abdullah As-soomaliyahNo Gravatar says:

    Jazakallah ya shaykh.

    I only have fi dhilal al quran at home. It is good. I love shaykh sayyid qutb’s books partly because his arabis is so easy to understand. Most of the classical scholars have the most hardest arabic I have ever read.If I can’t understand some words I ask my father for help.If shaykh anwar was my teacher I would probably give him a headache. May Allah bless him.

  50. zanaNo Gravatar says:

    SALAM 3LEIKM Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam

    If any brother or Sister could recommand me for a website where I can find the Tafsir of In the Shade of Quran By Shahid Sayid Qutb in PDF I would be thankful
    since I have been googling for many month to find this Great book, I could not make it!
    But Insha allah with th help of one of my brother or sister i will be able to make my dream come true…
    May Allah light our ways of getting nearer to Islam
    your Brther
    Zana Abdullah
    From Kurdistan (a region in north of Iraq)
    W/Salam 3leikm

  51. ummaitis suffererNo Gravatar says:

    Milestones…every line blows your mind,
    please read it!

  52. abu jacfar al mujaahidNo Gravatar says:

    akhii yuusuf…i know the salafi dacwah go overboard with their attackes of the culama..but also sheikh albaani, utaymeen, and ibnu baas may alalh give all of them jannah…warned about some of the books of sayid qutub raximahulah.. and when you have limmited knowledge you should be aware of what you read…and the his books..and we know how diffucult it is for them to follow the akhii what who you learn from..

    and i am not supporting th salafi dacwah people are they are worst than ikhwaanii..because they hate jihaad..wasalam

  53. Abu ZaydNo Gravatar says:

    Assalamu Alaykum

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Office of the Presidency of Islamic Research and Legal

    Some youth call Shaykh Sayyid Qutb a heretic and prohibit the reading of his books, and they say a similar statement regarding Hasan al-Banna, as they also say regarding some of the scholars that they are Khawarij. Their argument is that [they do this] in order to ‘expose the errors [of these men] to the people,’. even though [these youth] are until now [only] students [of knowledge]. I hope for a response so that doubt may be removed from us and others, [and] so that this [phenomenon] will not spread.


    All praise belongs to Allah alone. To proceed: It is impermissible to [unjustly] call the Muslims heretics or wicked as is evidenced by the statement of the Prophet SAW “Whoever says to his brother ‘O enemy of Allah,’ and he is not such but that it returns back to him.” While in [another] hadith ‘Whoever calls a Muslim an infidel it returns back to one of them.’ While in another hadith: “A man passed by another while he was doing a sin and he said to him, ‘By Allah, Allah will not forgive you.’ So [Allah] said: ‘Who is he who can pass judgment on my behalf that I will not forgive so and so, I have forgiven him and have nullified your deeds.’”

    With this I say, Sayyid Qutb and Hasan al-Banna are among the scholars of the Muslims and among the people of da’wa. Allah has brought benefit by them and through them He has guided many people. They both have efforts [for Islam] which should not be denied. For this reason Shaikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz interceded on behalf of Sayyid Qutb when the order for his execution was given. [Ibn Baz] was gentle in his intercession, but President Gamal [Abdel Nasser] did not accept [Ibn Baz's] intercession, may Allah send upon him [i.e. Abdel Nasser] what he deserves. When both men [i.e Hasan al-Banna & Sayyid Qutb] were killed, each was referred to as a martyr, as each was killed unjustly. This is borne witness to by those close [to them] as well as by the general public. As it was widely spread in the papers and books without anyone ever objecting. Moreover, the scholars have received their books [with acceptance]. No one has attacked them for more than the [last] twenty years. If some [heresy proceeded] from them, then [these mistakes] are similar to an-Nawawi, as-Suyuti, Ibn al-Jawzi, Ibn ‘Atiyah, al-Khatabi, al-Qastalani and the likes of many of them. I have read what Shaikh Rabi al-Madkhali has written in his refutation of Sayyid Qutb and I found that he has placed statements where they do not exist. For this reason Shaikh Bakr Abu Zaid, may Allah perserve him, refuted him. Likewise, [al-Madkhali's] unjust attacks of Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahman ['Abdul-Khaaliq] and his [twisting 'Abdur-Rahman 'Abdul-Khaaliq's words] in order to find errors which would make ['Abdur-Rahman 'Abdul-Khaaliq appear] misguided, even though [Shaikh Rabi] befriended him for a lengthy period of time and he never found any such errors [in the past].

    And the eye of pleasure sees every fault insignificant,
    But the eye of hatred always finds fault.

    Dictated by
    Abdullah ibn Abdur-Rahman ibn Jibreen
    26/2/1417 AH