These words are falsehood and (constitute) deviation (ilhaad) and refuge is
from Allaah. This is deviation and a false accusation against Islaam. And if
it had not been for the excuse of ignorance [because] we excuse them on account
of (their) ignorance, so we do not say that they are Unbelievers because they
are ignorant and are blind followers who have merely quoted this saying without
reflecting upon it, hence we excuse them on account of ignorance. Otherwise,
these statements are very dangerous and if a person said them deliberately he
would become apostate and leave Islaam. However, we say that they are
ignorant people because they are but literary writers who have not learnt the
knowledge. So they found this statement and rejoiced on account of it and then
refuted the Unbelievers by it. Since the Unbelievers say that Islaam empowers
some people (over others) and that it enslaves the people and that it
So they intended to refute them with this ignorance. And when the ignoramus
refutes the enemy then he only increases the enemy in evil and hence the enemy
holds more tightly to his falsehood. Refutation occurs by way of knowledge. It
does no occur by way of sentiments or by ignorance. Rather it occurs by
knowledge and evidence. Otherwise, it is obligatory for a person to remain quiet
and not to speak in dangerous matters about which he has no knowledge.
So these words are falsehood and whoever says them deliberately then he is an
Unbeliever. As for the one who says them out of ignorance or due to blind
following (of others), then he is to be excused due to his ignorance. And
ignorance is a killing catastrophe and refuge is from Allaah. Islaam has
affirmed slavery and slavery is ancient and existed prior to Islaam and was
present in the revealed religions prior to it. And it will continue so long as
Jihaad in the path of Allaah exists."
Cassette Recording dated 4/8/1416 and subsequently verified by the Shaikh
himself with a few minor alterations to the wording.
2. Fatwaa of the Muhaddith Hammaad bin Muhammad al-Ansaaree
The Shaikh rahimahullaah - was asked about the statement of Sayyid Qutb,
"And it is necessary for Islaam to judge, since it is a unique, constructive and
positivist aqidah which has been moulded and shaped from Christianity and
Communism together, in the most perfect of ways and which comprises all of their
(i.e Christianity and Communisms) objectives and adds in addition to them
harmony, balance and justice." (Marakat ar-Rasamaaliyyah wal-Islaam).
The Shaikh replied, "If the one who said these words was alive, then his
repentance should be sought, so if he repents (then so) otherwise he is to be
killed as an apostate. And if he has died then it is obligatory to explain
that these words are falsehood. However we do not perform takfir of him since we
have not established the proof against him."
From the book of Shaikh Rabee al-Awaasim Mimmaa Fee Kutub Sayyid Qutub
Minal-Qawaasim (p. 24) and who read it out to Shaikh Hammaad himself on the
night of 3/1/1415 in order to corroborate it.
3. Fatwaa of Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baz
Some parts of the book of Sayyid Qutb at-Tasweer al-Fannee fil-Quraan were
read to him such as his speech about Moosaa - alaihis-Salaam - upon whom he
said: "Let us take Moosaa - as the example of the leader of excitable nature -
and this excitable impulse quickly passes away and he regains his composure, as
is the case with the excitable folk." Then he said with regard to the Saying of
Allah - the Most High - "Fa as-ba-hu fil madinati kha bi fan..." :- "This is the
description of a well known state: the restlessness or fear of one expecting
evil at every turn - and this is the characteristic of the excitable folk."
[at-Tasweer al-Fannee fil-Quraan: p.200,201,203. 13th ....]
So the Shaikh replied to this:
"Mockery of the Prophets is apostasy in its own."
And is was said to him that Shaikh Rabee al-Madhkhalee has written a
refutation of Sayyid Qutb, so the Shaikh said: "Rebuttal of him is good."
During a lesson of Shaikh Abdul - Azeez ibn Baaz - hafizahullaah - in his
house in Riyaadh: 1413H, Minhaajus-Sunnah tapes of ar-Riyaadh
Shaikh ul-Islaam, Imaam Ibn Baaz was asked, "The one who praises Ahl
ul-Bidah, is he to be counted amongst them?" So he replied, "Yes, there is
no doubt about this, the one who praises them is one who actually calls to
them". [Cassette: Aqwaal ul-Ulamaa Fee Sayyid Qutb]