Skip to comments.Sayyid Qutb's "Milestones"
Posted on 09/28/2006 8:53:07 PM PDT by Dajjal
Sayyid Qutb's Milestones
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sayyid Qutb's Milestones,
But Couldn't Be Bothered to Find Out
1. Introduction: Who is Sayyid Qutb, and what's so special about his book Milestones, aka Signposts?
2. Qutb and the Muslim Community
3. Qutb and Shari'ah Law, the Islamic Vanguard and Slavery
4. Qutb on Sex, Women and the Family
5. Qutb on Politics: Progressive Islam, Nationalism, Democracy, Socialism
6. Qutb on Politics: Racial Equality and Freedom
7. Qutb and non-Muslims: The West
8. Qutb and non-Muslims: Christians, Jews and Freedom of Religion
9. Qutb and Peaceful Co-Existance with non-Muslims
10. Qutb and the Future
Why was this FAQ created?
Influential and compact as it is, Milestones is in some ways the ideal place to begin learning about radical Islam. And if in fact it is "the Mein Kampf" of the al Qaeda, it may not only be interesting but rather important to understand. Just as Radical Islamists were able to plan and carry out terror attacks because of their familiarity with the West, so too the West may be able to turn the tables and defend itself better by understanding how their would-be murderers and destroyers think. On the other hand, if the portrayal above of Qutb (or more generally the Islamist revival) is slander, as some allege (see below), that also would be important to clear up. The problem is, Qutb's writing is so bad many non-Muslims and non-Islamists won't have the patience to make their way through the whole thing, or through the whole thing carefully. This FAQ, then is an attempt to make Milestones easier to understand by breaking it down point-by-point and clarifying it. Such points include the questions:
(Excerpt) Read more at gemsofislamism.tripod.com ...
"Cliff Notes" to Qutb.
If I understand correctly, Qutb's account of his American trip was actually in an earlier book, I wonder if there is a translation of this online.
Qutb bump, however unfortunate.
Qutbs work is a cornerstone and highly influential basis for the modern islamic resurgenc, and Milestones is an absolute "must read" to understand the islamic ideology we are up against and why we can never ever appeased or be able to come to an amicable understanding with it's followers. It would be ill-advisable to even try as it would be perceived as more proof of our weakness.
Btw.. There was another Qutb thread on FReep titled "A Lesson in Hate" which examined Qutb on a more personal leval addressing the pent up ideological and sexual frustrations of this self-made outcast when he was in the States. I commented and added a couple of my favorite Qutb quotes from other sources:
Qutbs ranting about America contains obsessive and enlightening passages about those like him interpret the liberated role of women in western society who are in charge of their own sexuality.
Coming from his own primitive islamic background, he interpreted this as one of the offerings of "modernity" he could not understand or assimilate into. His ideology kept him a social outcast, so like many islmaic immigrants, he retreated further away from the ways of the kuffar, seeking help in deluded islamic fantasies.
His reading of the koran lead to antisemitic fantasies (Jews being "ape and pigs" - confirmed in his Koran commentary) explaining the condition of western society as he saw it. From Qutb's "Our Battle Against the Jews":
"The Jews are behind materialism, animal sexuality, the destruction of the family and the dissolution of society. Principal among them are Marx, Freud, Durkheim and the Jew Jean-Paul Sartre."
Of course, Qutb had no fondness of Christians or anyone else either.
"The unbelievers were of three kinds: adversaries in war, people with treaties, and Dhimmies. The people with treaties eventually became Muslims, so there were only two kinds left: people at war and Dhimmies."The element of sexual frustration, Qutbs repressed sexual envy, and primitive coping mechanisms, is not to be overlooked... the article covers some of his obsession with his looks (his hair etc) and of American women with their "bodys seductive capacity... round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs... - and she shows all this and does not hide it." The last part is important.. all this was "available" but poor social misfit Qutb was left high and dry as they ignored him to chase "wide, strapping chest[s] and ox muscles." In the "sexual jungle," Qutb, the ugly outsider who could not assimilate was not only at the bottom of the food chain. He was a reject.
This frustration with women in control of their own sexuality, free to choose and reject a mate as they pleased, probably played a key role in turning him all the more inwards towards islam and to reject and grow hatred towards the new culture he witnessed around him.
In a way, there are similarities with Yusof Islam, aka Cat Stevens. Stevens with his talent and fame and failed relationship with a Boston stripper, Qutb with his intellectual and literary prowess, both being made to look like fools by failed relationships or rejection by women they could not control or sexually subjugate.
In islam, they have a system and ideology to totally dominate a woman, the safety of hiding your woman away from potential competition and removing abilities to reject or disobey a husband.
For the weak, rejected man, or control freak, islam is the ideal answer. Allowing a woman equality or to dress as they want, pursue a career, and choose and reject her own partner is so terrifying to them that they would choose to be a slave of allah instead, so they may fall back on the laws of islamic society to enforce their womens submission and obedience to them.
My favorite Qutb quote once again, as it sums up the essence of his message:
"It is not the function of Islam to compromise with the concepts of Jahiliyya (the ways of the infidels) which are current in the world or to co-exist in the same land together with a jahili system. Jahiliyyah, to whatever period it belongs, is Jahiliyyah; that is, deviation from the worship of One Allah and the way of life prescribed by Allah.
It derives its system and laws and regulations and habits and standards and values from a source other than Allah. On the other hand, Islam is submission to Allah, and its function is to bring people away from Jahiliyyah towards Islam. Jahiliyyah is the worship of some people by others; that is to say, some people become dominant and make laws for others, regardless of whether these laws are against Allah's injunctions and without caring for the use or misuse of their authority.
Islam cannot accept any mixing with Jahiliyyah. Either Islam will remain, or Jahiliyyah; no half-half situation is possible."
More proof that Islam is a mental illness---->>>>
Allah, the compassionate, the merciful
Here is Allah, the one and only God, the God other than whom there is no God, speaking his eternal unchangeable word through his prophet Muhammad:
For the wrongdoers we have prepared a fire which will encompass them like the walls of a pavilion. When they cry out for help, they shall be showered with water as hot as molten brass, which will scald their faces. Evil shall be their drink, dismal their resting-place. [Sura 18, Dawood translation.]
This is not a mere warning of punishment of hell, as we find in the Bible. Nor is it simple sadism, the sickness that derives pleasure from inflicting the maximum of pain on ones enemies. It is hyper-sadism, sadism raised to the nth degree and eternalized. It is the kind of hyper-depravity that drove Saddam Husseins torturing sons and their henchmen, or the beheader Zarqawi and his followers, who, when we read a passage like this, are revealed not as Muslim extremists but as true followers of Muhammad.
Yet this god, this all-powerful projection of Muhammads hatred and vengefulness, is the god whom the Catholic Church in its 1965 Declaration Nostra Aetate (which Pope Benedict reiterated in St. Peters Square on September 20) calls the one God, and esteems Muslims for their adoration of him.
bump for later reading.
Thanks for the ping and informative article/essay.
Kudos for putting this up. Too few people know who this guy is...
The Islamists will convert me only when they hold my decapitated head in their blood-stained hands. And, by then, it will be too late.
Thanks to both of you.
.. There was another Qutb thread on FReep titled "A Lesson in Hate" which examined Qutb on a more personal leval addressing the pent up ideological and sexual frustrations of this self-made outcast when he was in the States.
Thanks for the link. I agree. From what little I've read about this guy he had....issuse with women, he reminds me of that little geeky guy we all knew in high school, he did not play well with others.
I highly recommend the book "Terror and Liberalism" by Paul Berman. He chronicles the development of apocalyptic and nihilistic and blood-infected movements from the french revolution to today, and locates radical islam in that trajectory; and he shows how Qutb's ideas are the cornerstone of radical islam's views.
Actually, Islam is ditheistic. Since the Quran is co-eternal with Allah, it must have an existence independent of Him.
Very interesting, Sayyid Qutb and his "Milestones" (cliff notes). Thanks for the ping Dajjal.
The Sayyid Qutb Reader
edited by Albert J. Bergesen
0415954258 (PB: $29.95)
041595424x (HB: $90.00)
Amazon says the publication date is March 31, but Routledge.com says it will be June 30.
Wow! Thanks for the heads-up. I'll have to get that.
Martyrdom in Islam
by David Cook
0521615518 (PB: $27.00)
0521850401 (HB: $75.00)
Series: Themes in Islamic History, No. 4
Cambridge University Press
Due Feb., 2007
"In recent times Islamic martyrdom has become associated with suicide missions conducted by extremists. However, as David Cook demonstrates, this type of martyrdom is very different from the classical definition which condemned suicide and stipulated that anyone who died a believer could be considered a martyr. Ideas about martyrdom have evolved to suit prevailing circumstances, and it is the evolution of these interpretations that Cook charts in this fascinating history. The book covers the earliest sources on martyrdom including those from the Jewish and Christian traditions, discussions about what constituted martyrdom, and differences in attitudes between Sunnis and Shi'ites. A concluding section discusses martyrdom in today's radical environment. There is no other book which considers the topic so systematically, and which draws so widely on the literary sources. This will be essential reading for students of Islamic history, and for those looking for an informed account of this controversial topic."
Preface; 1. Martyrs in religion; 2. Martyrdom in the genesis of Islam; 3. Legal definitions, boundaries and rewards of the martyr; 4. Sectarian Islam: Sunni, Shi`ite and Sufi martyrdom; 5. Martyrs: warriors and missionaries in Medieval Islam; 6. Martyrs of love and epic heroes; 7. Patterns of prognostication, narrative and expiation; 8. Martyrdom in contemporary radical Islam; 9. Conclusions; Glossary; Chronology; Appendices; Bibliography.
To quote Admiral Tom Moorer's comment after I gave him a copy of the parallel "Unlimited Warfare" to read and he read it:
"It's not like the didn't tell us what they intend to do."
Knowing the Enemy
Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror * Mary Habeck
After September 11, Americans agonized over why nineteen men hated the United States enough to kill three thousand civilians in an unprovoked assault. Analysts have offered a wide variety of explanations for the attack, but the one voice missing is that of the terrorists themselves. This penetrating book is the first to present the inner logic of al-Qaida and like-minded extremist groups by which they justify September 11 and other terrorist attacks.
Mary Habeck explains that these extremist groups belong to a new movementknown as jihadismwith a specific ideology based on the thought of Muhammad ibn Abd al- Wahhab, Hasan al-Banna, and Sayyid Qutb. Jihadist ideology contains new definitions of the unity of God and of jihad, which allow members to call for the destruction of democracy and the United States and to murder innocent men, women, and children. Habeck also suggests how the United States might defeat the jihadis, using their own ideology against them.
MARY HABECK is associate professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She is coeditor of Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War and The Great War and the Twentieth Century, both published by Yale University Press.
To save anyone the trouble of looking it up, all Muslims believe that the soul is not judged immediately after death. They believe that after death, souls go into a big waiting-room called Barzakh ("the veil") where they wait and wait and wait until Judgment Day at the end of time.
Souls in Barzakh can watch what is happening to their friends and relatives down on earth, but they cannot communicate or help them or interact. All they can do is see how the long-term effects of their actions play out, for better or worse, and contemplate all the good and bad choices they had made throughout their lives. Until the actual Day of Judgment, no soul can be absolutely certain of how the scales will tip when his life is weighed. The Qur'an says that sometimes one small sin will tip the scales and send the soul to Hell. So the souls in Barzakh can simply fret and fret and fret for ages.
However, there is one simple way of avoiding Barzakh -- become a martyr. The newspapers always talk about the promise of the "72 virgins," but no Western sources I've seen have ever emphasized the relief the suicide jihadists must feel having "confidence" that they will not have to stew in Barzakh for years, but will immediately enter Paradise, "no questions asked." Martyrdom trumps any number of personal sins a soul may have.
Personally, I think that avoiding Barzakh is a much bigger selling-point than the virgins, and am astonished that none of the "experts" on Islam (like Pipes or Spencer or Lewis) ever mention it.
< fog lifting moment >
< /qutbian reasoning >
Learn something new every day.
Lawrence Wright, writes about it in his book "The Looming Tower.
Highly recomend this book.
Why would anyone want to follow Muhammad and emulate his life? But that's what Muslims are commanded to do by the Koran. They are so mislead and stupid that they believe Muhammad lead a life worth emulating
Thanks for the link! I'll read it later tonight.
It’s obvious where your sonconscious resides. Only someone subconsciously rooted in Jahiliyya would take such an angle to attack a piece of work that fends off any other angle of approach. You can’t hate or deny the message, so you (take the low road) hate & attack the messenger at such a lowly, base level (author)... How Sad...