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Volume 1 Surah 1-2 | In The Shades Of Quran - Sayyid Qutb (18 Volumes)

Volume 1 Surah 1-2 | In The Shades Of Quran - Sayyid Qutb (18 Volumes)

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Fi Dhilal Al Qur'an - Sayyid Qutb (18 Volumes)





Ever since its revelation 1400 years ago, the Qur'an has been a book of guidance and inspiration, a reference point, and a rich source of social and moral dynamism for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world who believe it to be immutable word of God. Hardly a generation passes without a fresh attempt to unravel the meanings of the Qur'an and gain deeper insight into its universal message within a contemporary perspective.

In The Shade Of The Qur'an is more than 'just another' commentary; yet it is not too over-reaching or outlandish to be a completely new interpretation. It is an earnest, sincere and sober look at man's contemporary achievements and difficulties in the light of the message of the Qur'an. It is an effort to vigorously explore its rich wisdom, and expand its invaluable guidance for the benefit of an increasingly 'sophisticated' , yet highly perplexed modern society.

The work, which is by far Sayyid Qutb's largest and most profound, spans the whole of the text of the Qur'an. It was written, and partly re-written, over a period of more than 15 years, most of which the author had spent in Egyptian prisons, during the 1950s and 1960s. In it is embedded Sayyid Qutb's insight, highly esteemed intellectual vigor, and his widely-acclaimed literary prowess.

In The Shade Of The Qur'an has been universally recognized as an outstanding 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 it 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.

The Author : 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 was his jihad against the jahiliyya that he saw all around him
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 ul Muslim)
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 work.
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.
1966 August 29: Executed after being found guilty in the 1965 plot. May Allah Bless his Soul

About one of the Translator Adil Salahi:

Adil Salahi teachers at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicester, England. After working for the BBC Arabic Service for several years, he worked for the Arabic daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. He continues to publish many Articles in various Publications including , Arab News, and many Online Publications. . He has worked and translated most of thel volumes of Sayyid Qutb's commentary, In the Shade of the Quran .
Fi Dhilal Al Qur'an - Sayyid Qutb (18 Volumes)





Ever since its revelation 1400 years ago, the Qur'an has been a book of guidance and inspiration, a reference point, and a rich source of social and moral dynamism for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world who believe it to be immutable word of God. Hardly a generation passes without a fresh attempt to unravel the meanings of the Qur'an and gain deeper insight into its universal message within a contemporary perspective.

In The Shade Of The Qur'an is more than 'just another' commentary; yet it is not too over-reaching or outlandish to be a completely new interpretation. It is an earnest, sincere and sober look at man's contemporary achievements and difficulties in the light of the message of the Qur'an. It is an effort to vigorously explore its rich wisdom, and expand its invaluable guidance for the benefit of an increasingly 'sophisticated' , yet highly perplexed modern society.

The work, which is by far Sayyid Qutb's largest and most profound, spans the whole of the text of the Qur'an. It was written, and partly re-written, over a period of more than 15 years, most of which the author had spent in Egyptian prisons, during the 1950s and 1960s. In it is embedded Sayyid Qutb's insight, highly esteemed intellectual vigor, and his widely-acclaimed literary prowess.

In The Shade Of The Qur'an has been universally recognized as an outstanding 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 it 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.

The Author : 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 was his jihad against the jahiliyya that he saw all around him
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 ul Muslim)
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 work.
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.
1966 August 29: Executed after being found guilty in the 1965 plot. May Allah Bless his Soul

About one of the Translator Adil Salahi:

Adil Salahi teachers at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicester, England. After working for the BBC Arabic Service for several years, he worked for the Arabic daily, al-Sharq al-Awsat. He continues to publish many Articles in various Publications including , Arab News, and many Online Publications. . He has worked and translated most of thel volumes of Sayyid Qutb's commentary, In the Shade of the Quran .

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Contents
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.............................................................................................................................................................II
 
Transliteration Table
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Al-F
ā
ti
ĥ
ah (The Opening) .................................................................................................................................. 1
 
Overview ..................................................................................................................................................... 2
 
Al-Baqarah (The Cow) ....................................................................................................................................... 9
 
 Prologue ........................................................................................................................................................... 9
 
Seeking a Secure Base ............................................................................................................................... 11
 
A Major Breakthrough .............................................................................................................................. 13
 
The Making of a Unique Community ........................................................................................................ 14
 
The S
ū
rah’s Central Theme ....................................................................................................................... 16
 
1 The Message Spelt Out ................................................................................................................................ 21
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 25
 
The Qualities of True Believers ................................................................................................................. 26
 
Believing in the Imperceptible .................................................................................................................. 28
 
A Contrasting Picture ................................................................................................................................ 32
 
The Mark of Hypocrisy ............................................................................................................................. 32
 
The Enemy Within .................................................................................................................................... 35
 
A Divine Challenge ................................................................................................................................... 38
 
The Use of Parables in the Qur’
ā
n ............................................................................................................. 40
 
God’s Covenant with Man ......................................................................................................................... 42
 
Giving Life after Death ............................................................................................................................. 43
 
2 Man in Charge of the Earth
........................................................................................................................ 47 
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 48
 
Establishing Man’s Authority .................................................................................................................... 50
 
Man’s First Test ......................................................................................................................................... 52
 
Points to Consider...................................................................................................................................... 53
 
Man, the Master on Earth .......................................................................................................................... 55
 
The Concept of Sin .................................................................................................................................... 57
 
3 Glimpses of Israelite History
....................................................................................................................... 59
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 65
 
God’s Covenant with the Israelites ............................................................................................................ 68
 
Matching Words with Deeds ..................................................................................................................... 70
 
Two Sources of Strength ........................................................................................................................... 71
 
When Every Soul Stands Alone ................................................................................................................ 72
 
A Long List of Favours ............................................................................................................................. 73
 
Ingratitude at Its Worst .............................................................................................................................. 74
 
Inviting God’s Punishment ........................................................................................................................ 75
 
Unhappy with God’s Bounty ..................................................................................................................... 77
 
Boastful Claims by the Jews ...................................................................................................................... 78
 
Where Mockery Is Inadmissible ................................................................................................................ 79
 
The Episode of the Cow ............................................................................................................................ 80
 
A Murdered Man Brought Back to Life .................................................................................................... 83
 
4 Covenants Breached All the Time
............................................................................................................... 85
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................... 91
 
Falsification of Scriptures .......................................................................................................................... 92
 
Reply to False Arguments ......................................................................................................................... 94
 
 
 III
Going Back on Firm Pledges ..................................................................................................................... 95
 
A Long List of Contradictions ................................................................................................................... 98
 
Claims Falsified by Actions .................................................................................................................... 100
 
A Strange Enmity to an Angel ................................................................................................................. 103
 
Casting God’s Revelations Away ............................................................................................................ 104
 
Magic and Psychic Phenomena ............................................................................................................... 106
 
The Nature of Magic ............................................................................................................................... 107
 
5 Jewish Efforts to Undermine Islam
........................................................................................................... 110
 
Efforts to Undermine the New Religion .................................................................................................. 113
 
Begrudging God’s Grace ......................................................................................................................... 115
 
Claims without Basis ............................................................................................................................... 118
 
Unbelief Is All One ................................................................................................................................. 120
 
Jewish and Christian Arguments ............................................................................................................. 122
 
6 Universal Faith
......................................................................................................................................... 126 
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 129
 
Abraham’s Covenant ............................................................................................................................... 131
 
Building the Ka`bah ................................................................................................................................ 133
 
A Faith to Pass to Your Children ............................................................................................................. 136
 
The Argument Is Finally Settled.............................................................................................................. 137
 
7 Change of Direction
.................................................................................................................................. 140
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 142
 
A Middle Community and a Pure Faith ................................................................................................... 147
 
Clarification of Issues .............................................................................................................................. 151
 
The Final Say on the Direction of Prayer ................................................................................................ 154
 
Abraham’s Prayers Are Answered .......................................................................................................... 156
 
When God Remembers His Servants ...................................................................................................... 158
 
8 Acquiring Real Strength
........................................................................................................................... 161
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 161
 
The Power of Patience ............................................................................................................................. 162
 
Sacrificing One’s Life ............................................................................................................................. 164
 
9 Setting the Record Straight
....................................................................................................................... 169
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 173
 
A Very Significant Ritual ........................................................................................................................ 174
 
Suppressing the Truth .............................................................................................................................. 176
 
Those Using Their Reason ...................................................................................................................... 178
 
Alliances Fall Apart ................................................................................................................................. 181
 
Which Path to Follow .............................................................................................................................. 181
 
Things Forbidden to Eat .......................................................................................................................... 183
 
Suppression of God’s Revelations ........................................................................................................... 185
 
What Constitutes Righteousness ............................................................................................................. 186
 
10 Social Justice and Fasting
....................................................................................................................... 191
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 193
 
The Law of Just Retribution .................................................................................................................... 194
 
Life Preservation through Retribution ..................................................................................................... 196
 
Fasting: Its Nature and Purpose ............................................................................................................... 199
 
Exemption from Fasting when Travelling ............................................................................................... 202
 
Obligatory Fasting ................................................................................................................................... 204
 
A Close Relationship with God ............................................................................................................... 206
 
Further Rules on Fasting ......................................................................................................................... 208
 
Honesty at All Times ............................................................................................................................... 210
 
11 The Sacred Months, Fighting and Pilgrimage
........................................................................................ 212
 
Overview ................................................................................................................................................. 215
 
The Islamic Transformation .................................................................................................................... 216
 

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