The Danger of ‘Fee Dhilaalil-Qur’aan (In the Shade of the Quran) of Sayyid Qutb

We begin with the Name of Allaah

The Inflexible Ruling Concerning Reading the Writings of Sayyid Qutb
By the Destroyer of Innovation, The Late Scholar of Yemen
Al-’Allaamah Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee

Bismillaah, wal-hamdulillaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillaah, wa ba’d,

[Question]: ‘What is your statement concerning the student of knowledge requesting the beginners to read Fee Dhilaalil-Qur‘aan, and to place it in their houses? So when the student excuses himself as being a beginner who is incapable of distinguishing between the fat and the thin from whatever the writer possesses of wahdatul-wujood (oneness of existence between Allaah and His creation), they seek as evidence the fact that the book Fathul-Baaree, Sharhul-Muslim and Riyaadus-Saaliheen contain errors as well. So how can you read those books, yet you do not read this particular book? So he answers their statement by stating that Sayyid Qutb had wahdatul-wujood. So he answers, ‘What else is there?’ It is as if he does not even see that as a point of censure. So is it correct to perform the following actions: [i] requesting the students to read that book; [ii] placing Sayyid Qutb amongst the ranks of the Imaams such as an-Nawawee (d.676H) and Ibn Hajar in terms of his errors in creed and his rank in knowledge?’

[Answer]: “As for the book adh-Dhilaal and the writings of Sayyid Qutb – rahimahullaah – then we advise that they not be read at all, because some people from Jamaa’atut-Takfeer and some of the youth who were conceived by Jamaa’atut-Takfeer were a direct result of the writings of Sayyid Qutb (rahimahullaah). [2] And Sayyid Qutb was merely called a writer, he was not called a mufassir (explainer of the Qur‘aan). So his tafseer is the tafseer of someone who lived in apostasy for eleven years, as he himself admitted. So how can that be a tafseer?! However, these issues were there before the Ikhwaanul-Mufliseen (the Bankrupt Brotherhood) came along. So they were the ones who raised the individual, even though he was not at the level where he could be referred to as ‘Dr.’ He was an activist, not a Dr. So when we were in the Islaamic University, if you were prominent in knowledge and it was said to you, ‘Have you read the books: Allaah, ar-Rasool and al-Islaam by Sa’eed Hawwaa?’ So if you said that you had not read them, they would say, ‘You do not possess anything of knowledge.’ So I praise Allaah that I accepted the search for knowledge upon beneficial knowledge. I ask Allaah the Magnificent to preserve our brother, Rabee’ Ibn Haadee, since he has clarified the beliefs of Sayyid Qutb and what he possesses of deviations. Likewise, may Allaah bestow mercy upon our brother, ’Abdullaah Ibn Muhammad ad-Duwaysh – the muhaddith (Scholar of hadeeth) and haafidh (hadeeth memorizer). I have not seen anyone with these two eyes of mine one who was similar to him in memorization. So he has recorded many of the errors of Sayyid Qutb in his book al-Mawridul-’Adhabiz-Zalaal fee Bayaan Akhtaa‘idh-Dhilaal. So Sayyid Qutb is not to be referred to as one of the mufassireen, nor is he from amongst the elite. Rather, he is a person who has zeal for Islaam, without any insight.

So we advise the brothers to return back to Tafseer Ibn Katheer, about whom ash-Shawkaanee (d.1250H) said that his tafseer is from amongst the most beautiful tafaaseer, having no equal. And as-Suyootee (d.911H) stated in Tabaqaatul-Huffaadh that Tafseer Ibn Katheer is from amongst the most beautful of tafaaseer. So Tafseer Ibn Katheer is a tafseer of the Qur‘aan by the Qur‘aan and by the Prophetic ahaadeeth and by separating the authentic Sunnah from its weak, and its defective narrations from its sound ones, and by falsifying the Israa‘eeliyyah stories. And likewise, I advise that the tafaaseer of our Salaf be read, such as Tafseer Ibn Jareer, Tafseerul-Baghawee and whatever is present from Tafseer Ibn Abee Haatim and Tafseer Ibn Mardawayh, since there is abundant goodness in them. So we are not in need of adh-Dhilaal, since we fear that we will fall into ad-Dalaal. So if it is absolutely necessary that you read adh-Dhilaal, then I advise him to read what the brother, ’Abdullaah Ibn Muhammad ad-Duwaysh and what Shaykh Rabee’ Ibn Haadee – hafidhahullaah – wrote.”

[Question]: ‘So is it correct to place Imaam an-Nawawee and Ibn Hajar upon the same level as the author of this book that contains erroneous creed, whilst knowing that there those who distribute the books of Hasan al-Bannaa, ’Abdullaah ’Azzaam, Fathee Yakin and the fataawaa of al-Ghazzaalee? So if we accept this book, then we must also accept these books, because even Imaam an-Nawawee and al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar have errors, as has been widespread amongst us in Bahrain and in the Emirates in the cassette of Shaykh al-Albaanee: Justice Concerning Sayyid Qutb?’

[Answer]: “The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.” [3] So I did not used to think that it was insolence for a person to place Sayyid Qutb upon the same level as al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar who served the Sunnah with a service that was never seen before him. And his book Fathul-Baaree is referred to a treasure of knowledge and a small library by itself. So the people had been deceived, then these deceptions were unveiled. So we say to them: Look after yourselves, since you were deceived by the Qaadiyaaniyyah, the Teejaaniyyah, the Shee’ah, the Soofiyyah, the Baatiniyyah, the Jahmiyyah and the Mu’tazilah. Then their deceptions were unveiled for you whilst you were alive. So comparison between Sayyid Qutb and al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar and an-Nawawee is as it was said,

‘So where is the ground and where is the plateau,

And where is Mu’aawiyah from ’Alee?’


[1] Fadaa‘ih wa Nasaa‘ih (p. 63-67) of Aboo ’Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee

[2] Translator’s Note: An example of the statements of such youth who were nurtured upon the books of Sayyid Qutb can be seen in what was stated by the Grand Muftee of Qutubiyyah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-Munajjid, “Reading the books of those who passed before us has created a strong attachment in our souls for this Religion, because they write from a position of strength and superiority. And for this reason, we also encourage the people to read the modern books, those which were written by the Muslim with the spirit of superiority; such as the books of Sayyid Qutb. May Allaah bestow mercy upon him,” from the audio cassette, Kayfa taqra‘a Kitaab. He also stated in an-Naseehah li Islaahil-Buyoot (p. 23), “And here my brother reader, are some suggestions in this regard: In TafseerFee Dhilaalil-Qur‘aan of Sayyid Qutb.” And he later continued (p. 24), “Just as there are a number of good books on a variety of different issues, amongst them the books of the teacher, Sayyid Qutb – rahimahullaahal-Mustaqbal li Haadhad-Deen, Haadhad-Deen, Ma’aalim fit-Tareeq, Khasaa‘isut-Tasawwuril-Islaamee…”

Stated Muhammad Ibn Sa’eed al-Qahtaanee, “And some of the Noble Scholars from the Scholars of the Muslims have written on this subject with that which is healing and sufficient,” and then he adds the following footnote to this statement, “I shall make mention of some of them, Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah, al-’Allaamah Ibnul-Qayyim, Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ’Abdul-Wahhaab and his students, and from the contemporaries, Abul-A’laa Mawdoodee and Sayyid Qutb.” This is found in the book al-Walaa‘ wal-Baraa‘ (p. 215), which has been translated into english, published by al-Firdous Ltd. and it has become widely distributed in the West due to booksellers who are either deviant or utterly ignorant. Rather, al-Qahtaanee’s praise of Sayyid and Muhammad Qutb does not end there – nor does the ignorance or deviance of those who sell the english translation of his book – but it continues, as he states on (p. 237), “And there are some noble writers who have brought about benefit, from them the teachers: Dr. Muhammad al-Bahlee, the teacher Sayyid Qutb, the teacher Muhammad Qutb and the teacher al-Mawdoodee.” And on (p. 347) he says, “The Rabbaanee Scholar, Sayyid Qutb.”

The Inflexible Ruling Concerning Reading the Writings of Sayyid Qutb
By the Destroyer of Innovation, The Late Scholar of Yemen
Al-’Allaamah Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee (Troid)


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