In The Shade of the Qur'an Volume XVIII
Fi Zilal al-Qur'an
Juz Amma Surahs 78-114 (Revised
Translated & Edited by: M.A. Salahi
428 Pages Paper Back -
Published in UK
This is a Revised Edition of the
1979 publication of Part 30. Now The Islamic Foundation UK presents a much
improved version of the work
Sayid Qutb's vigorous struggle, for which he was imprisoned, then killed, was at the practical level, an attempt to achieve the Implementation of Islam in Society. At the Intellectual level, however the author's struggle is embodied in a collection of books devoted to Islam and the most important of these is undoubtedly "In the Shade of the Qur'an"
In the Shade of the Qur'an has been universally recognised as an out-standing 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 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 By Sayyid Qutb (Ma'alim
Paperback 303 Pages
Translated by Mohammed Moinuddin Siddiqui
Published by International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations,
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 companions?
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.
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 this
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.
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