Quotes From Sayyid Qutb


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Sayyid Qutb said:

“Legislation is a most fundamental attribute of Godhead (Lordship). Any human being who claims the right to decree laws of his own for a community of people actually and practically claim Godhead (Lordship), even though he may not put such a claim in words. Anyone who recognises such an authority as belonging to a human being admits that Godhead (Lordship) belongs to that human being, whether he calls it as such or not.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/24]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“A heart that does not turn in its totality to Allaah, fearing to incur His anger and seeking to earn his pleasure, will never be able to get rid of the temptation of worldly comforts and riches.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/74]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“It is not possible for any person to have true faith in Allaah as the only Lord in the universe and yet rely on someone other than Him. Those who find themselves relying on someone other than Allaah must for of all search in their own hearts to discover whether they truly believe in Allaah.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/78]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Whenever a Muslim community takes active steps to establish the principle of tawheed (Allaah’s oneness) and to implement His message, it will be granted victory against any enemy that opposes it in defiance of Allaah and His Messenger.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/95]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“He makes you a means to accomplish His purpose when He is certain that you are dedicated to His cause.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/102]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“To abandon the duties Allaah has assigned to the Muslim community is betrayal of Allaah and His Messenger.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/113]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“When Islaam makes it declaration for the liberation of mankind on earth, so that they may only serve God alone, those who usurp God’s authority try to silence it. They will never tolerate it or leave it in peace. Islaam will not sit idle either. It will move to deprive them of their power so that people can be freed of their shackles. This is the permanent state of affairs which necessitates the continuity of jihaad until all submission is made to God alone.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/15]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We must not be intimidated by the Orientalists’ attacks on the concept of Islamic jihaad, or allow the pressure of world political powers to weigh heavily on us, so as to seek justification for jihaad that do not fit with the nature of Islaam.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/21]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Islaam means submission to Allaah. This is not merely a verbal statement, but a complete code of living that must be implemented, even though such an implementation faces numerous obstacles and difficulties.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/114]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“The truth itself may not be lost to human nature because Allaah has made this nature responsive to the truth. But people’s desires may force a separation between the truth and human nature. It is such desires that cloud people’s vision and cause them to lose their way. People’s desires are not overcome by argument, but by a sense of fearing Allaah.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/116]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Unlike what some kind and sincere people who wish to be Muslims may think, Islaam is not confined to this (mere beliefs and worship rituals). Islaam is a positive movement that accompanies this declaration. It requires its followers to dissociate themselves from jaahiliyyah society, its conceptual beliefs, values, leadership, laws and authority. It also requires its followers to acknowledge loyalty only to the Muslim leadership which wants to bring Islaam into practice.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/125]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We acknowledge allegiance only to an Islamic leadership that strives to re-establish Islaam in practical life, dissociating ourselves from all other types of society and leadership.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/143]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Those who think that this religion will confine itself to preaching and to the explanation of its message when the forces of evil try to put every type of impediment in its way have little understanding of its true nature.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/182]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We must guard against adopting a defeatist attitude which puts Islam on the defensive when it is a faith that is meant to govern and regulate people’s lives.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/193]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“All efforts should first be directed to establish the hard core of true believers, who withstand trials and cannot be shaken. They need further education in the faith so as to grow in strength and awareness. Extreme caution should be exercised in order to guard against horizontal expansion before this hard core comes into being; solidly committed and having profound insight.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/19]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“The Islamic approach does not resort to the use of verbal arguments when confronting material power. Nor does it ever resort to compulsion and coercion in order to force its beliefs on people. Both are equally alien to the Islamic approach as it seeks to liberate people from subjugation so that they may serve God alone.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/23]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Its (Jihaad’s) aim is to destroy tyrannical forces and regimes which force people to submit to a rule different from that of God, and apply a law other than His own.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/26]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Its (Islaam’s) advocates must not be ashamed of declaring that their ultimate goal is to destroy all forces that stand in its way of liberating mankind from any shackle that prevents the free choice of adopting Islaam.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/28]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“There can be no permanent peaceful coexistence between a community implementing God’s law and other communities.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/44]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Jaahiliyyah, which is the name Islaam gives to any society that rejects God’s law, does not like to see Islaam establishing its solid presence when it contradicts the very basis of its existence and every detail of the programmes of such societies.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/51]

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