Being A Slave Of Allaah

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Being a servant of Allaah is not merely a position of honour, it is the highest position to which a human being can aspire. True submission to Allaah alone protects people from being enslaved by their own desires or by other human beings. No human being can attain this highest position unless he refuses to submit to his own desires or to anyone other than Allaah.

Those who are too proud to submit themselves to Allah alone are automatically enslaved by their own desires and caprice, which is the worst type of slavery. They lose their sense of free will with which Allaah has favoured human beings. They sink to the level of animals ad soon descend to the worst rank of animals. They take themselves down to a level that Allaah describes as “the lowest of the low,” [95:5] after they had been created “in their fairest form.” [95:4]. They are willing to accept enslavement by others like them when they allow such people to conduct their lives according to narrow-minded theories and philosophies that are ignorant, deficient and arrogant.

Such people are also ready to submit to ‘certainties’ which they are told to be inevitable and to admit no discussion, such as the certainties of history, economic development and evolution! There is indeed a long list of such materialist certainties and inevitabilities which enslave man and keep his head in the sand.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/146-7]

Elsewhere he said:

“Human beings are subject to the laws of nature God has set into operation in matters that affect their birth, growing up, health, illness, death and also those that determine the consequences of their own choices in the areas where they can exercise their free-will. They cannot change God’s laws governing the universe or these aspects of their own life.

It is only wise then for them to submit to God in those aspects of their life in which they have a free choice. When they do so, they make God’s law govern both aspects of their life, the one which follows God’s natural laws and the one subject to their own will.

Thus they bring harmony into their life.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/207]


4 Responses to “Being A Slave Of Allaah”

  1. Before anyone comments asking why I’m quoting Sayyid Qutb, I’ll like to post on this fatwa by Ash-Shaykh Al-Allaama Ibn Jibreen, who is no doubt from the major scholars of this Ummah, where he calls Syyid Qutb a scholar and says we treat him the sme manner as we treat An-Nawawi and other scholars who erred.

    Legal Verdict Regarding Sayyid Qutb
    Ibn Jibreen

    QUESTION: 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.

    RESPONSE: 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 preserve 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

  2. And I (TheAuthenticBase) say, we should not be like those who have blind love for Sayyid Qutb (e.g, ignoring that he had a few mistakes, and going OTT in finding answers to justify his errors), nor should we be like those who have blind hatred for Sayyid Qutb (e.g, completely rejecting any good that comes out of this man, twisting his words to make it out he said what he did not, etc.) but instead we take the balanced approach, which is also the logical approach, that being what Ibn JIbreen said above.

    • Salam alaykum, please bring the quotes of Sheikh Bakr Abu Zayd rahimahullah, he was also a Scholar.

      • Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

        Ash-Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd, who is from among the major scholars of Islaam, severly criticised Rabee’ for his “refutation” of Sayyid Qutb.

        Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd said about Rabee’s “refutation” that it “lacks: the basis of the scholarly research, the Manhaj of criticism, the trust of quoting (from others sources), the trust of knowledge…”

        Sh. BAkr Abu Zayd also said about Rabee’s book on the “refutation” of Sayyid Qutb: “This book (of Rabee’) has the common trend of the disturbing manner, the continuous anger, the same jump on the sentence to generate huge mistakes, rushing into conclusions where there is a possibility to prove otherwise, and depending on the vague sentences and leaving the clear ones, which is a solid rule that do not accept any argument about it….This is considered as betraying (violating) the Manhaj of criticism”

        Sh. Bakr ABu Zayd also said about Rabee’: “The common trend was the trend of anger and frightening which overtook the scientific Manhaj of criticism, thus your response lacked the etiquettes of dialogue. 5. This book (of Rabee’) from its beginning tells the end has an offensive trend and narrowness in mind and lack of patience in the sentences… why?”

        When looking at the CONTEXT of the quotes Rabee’ provides, Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd said- “I found that the contents prove the opposite of other contents.”

        And I end by Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd’s quote: “…that his (Sayyid Qutb’s) mistakes do not make us not benefit from his knowledge, or to abandon his books…”

        Read more here:

        And Sh. ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Aal-Ash-Shaykh also praised Sh. Bakr Abu Zayd for his refutation of Rabee’, which you can read here:

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