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Islam stands for change. It seeks to change the individual and the society. This change covers every aspect of human life: from personal morality to business, economics and politics. It is only natural that Islam should be fought by those who want to keep the status quo. This is the way it has always been throughout history: from Adam to Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, Isa, and Muhamm ...more
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Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I heard that this book is the greatest book of Sayyid Quthb. I just read first chapter, and agree with. I got three things that made Prophet era is far excelent than we are now. First, They learn from Quran and Hadith directly. Second, They learn Islam to be applied in their own life, not for knowledge or discussion. The last, When they enter Islam, they left behind all jahiliah world and enter the bright Islam world. So, Let start from ourselves!
Nov 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Milestones is a short polemical handbook for jihadist movements across the Muslim world.

Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966) was the leading Islamic theologian of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood which inspired a school of thought known as Qutbism

Sayyid Qutb did not like the West and even worse he did not like the East, saying that most muslim governmental systems were mired in jahiliya - a state of pre-Islamic ignorance and even barbarism.

He pissed off his own government so much with this book that he was i
Nabilah Aia
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the whole universe. This book have a deep impact on me. It really opens up more doors of understanding to the term 'jihad'. This is really a Milestones for every muslim.

May we be one of the people who strive to be the best callers to Allah and to give people a clearer understanding of this beautiful deen. Insya Allah.

May Allah bless Sayyid Qutb and grant him jannah. Ameen.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Milestones claims to be a revivalist primer, to return Islam to its roots, but it is really a hybrid of traditional Islam with modern ideological organizing systems, primarily Leninism. This hybrid has proven to be a powerful combination, perhaps unsurprisingly given the power of both Leninism and modern Islamism in the 20th Century. Qutb’s contribution was to meld the two, promising the fusion will create harmonious societies with unparalleled virtues equivalent to those of the first Islamic so ...more
Duane Miller
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Qutb (1906-1966) was born in Egypt and was, and still is, a guiding light for the Muslim Brotherhood. Since the Muslim Brotherhood now controls Egypt and Gaza, it is a good time to become more familiar with his ideas. In this book he formulates his position that all the world, including so-called Muslim states, are in a state of jahiliyya or ignorance. He proposes a way to resolve this problem and see the entire world, eventually, submitting to the benevolent will of its Creator in the form of t ...more
Rodziah Ab Rahman
Jul 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Islamic Group in the internet
I found that the way syed Qutb explain the way the Quran was practised bit by bit during its revealations had made the Quranic Generation the biggest strongest group ever, they practised Al Quran in their lives, as Sayyidatina A'isyah when asked about the personality of the Prophet (pbuh)she said " the personality of the prophet is Al Quran."
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Milestones has been the best book i have ever read.the author beautifully describes the path islam keeps before its followers.well after reading it i found nothing against anyone,not to the extent that a person should be was a worthy book to be martyerd for.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filled with noble ideals, but reading it in our existing time and in this world we live in, compromises and dialogues had to be made. There is a world order that God willed we have to endure. We can't get pass through our own problems from within and as an Ummah, so how can we effect change if on the ground we can't set aside our differences to work united on a common goal?
Tengku Ahmad Hazri
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sayyid Qutb was foreign to the public consciousness before the events of September 11 and his Milestones hardly ever made it to the reading list of students of political theory. Whereas for many Muslims his perseverance in the face of Nasser's dictatorship was a source of inspiration, scholars in the west have found it fit to include him as the ideologue of Islamic terrorism. Yet after September 11, conspiracy theories unleashed by the mainstream media barely a week after the tragedy explicitly ...more
Dina Hady
Sep 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
widely debated book!
like many others i read this book to judge for myself and decide upon Qutob words himself whether he was the enlightened thinker or the backward extremist.
The book from the begining talks to you as a reader in a sentimental way , it involves you successfully and forces you upon choosing between two unrealistic choices , either to be muslim or not?!
Now who would refuse to acknowledge his religion and choose his islam? But problem is; Qutob redefines Islam as he sees fit!
Rahell Bamo
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the most controversial and influential books of the twentieth century
Jul 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Milestone is about how Muslims should interact with the west and what is good about it and what is bad about it.

Really good book
Crispus Attucks Tea Party
This book was reported to be Osama Bin Laden's favorite.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An extremely interesting insight into the mind of Usama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri's intellectual roots in Takfiri doctrine.
Azwa Ahmad
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. This is a call for a total departure from Jahiliyyah system and its influences in order to establish an Islamic order in its entirety.

2. To depart, one must first understand the real meaning of the first part of the shahadah of ‘There’s no deity worthy of worship but Allah’.

3. The real meaning being: a total submission to Allah. Be it in terms of our faith and belief, ways of life, values and standards, morals and manners, or the laws and regulations ordained by Allah.

4. It took 13 painstakin
Luis C
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not exactly what I use to read, this was nonetheless fascinating. Be aware that I'm not an expert in Islam, so I'm supposing that Qutb's narrative is his opinion, but it could be that it's a mainstream islamic interpretation. Be warned.

Starting with the style, it's atrocious. The author goes on and on over the same concepts and gets really tiresome. This book could be 30 pages long at best, but is far longer in reality. In fact, if you exclude the last two chapters, and maybe the first one, the
Jan 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
"The fundamental malaise of modern Islam is a sense that something has gone wrong with its history". Such were the words written by Wilfred Cantwell Smith fifty years ago, and there is something in them that should speak to us even today.

Sayyid Qutb (or however his name should be transcribed, it is spelled in three different ways in the course of the first three pages of the book) is said to be perhaps the most influential Arab philosopher of the 20th Century. His influence is certainly not dim
Qutb wrote this book as a series of checkpoints and milestones that need to be reached on the way to creating a true Muslim society. He discussed the political, personal and social changes that need to take place. Sayed Qutb was a leading intellectual of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 60s.

Why I started this book: I checked out this book because it was the shortest book on the Professional Reading shelf at the library. And then I procrastinated starting it until days before it w
Taranimu Qalb
The logic I rate this book with only four is not because I don’t agree with Qutb ideas but maybe because I have some confusion regarding the nature of the Islamic mission due to my limited and scarce knowledge about Islam.

The book is deemed to be one of the seminal and influential books in history. It is important to note that Qutb is a vanguard of the movement Muslim Brotherhood after the founder Imam As-shaheed Hassan al-Banna. From his book milestones, we can gauge what is the stance of the
Aiman Phoenix
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I read Ma'alim fit-Toriq like a decade ago. The Malay version is known as "Petunjuk Sepanjang Jalan", a must read for an activist of Muslim Brethren (and its variations).

Seyyed Qutb was a very idealistic writer. He died a bachelor, a "martyr", in defending what is known as Islamism now.

I'm no longer into Islamism. So, minus two stars.

But thanks to the author, the least that I learn from him is his erudite side. Learn, learn, and keep learning, know the truth and you'll notice the truth bearer
A horrible, intolerant and racist book advocating world domination and constant warfare under a fundamentalist government. Islamic Declaration by Alija Izatbegoviv is much better. This book is an Islamaphobes dream.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite radical, concise yet thought-provokingly argumented.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent read! DEFINITELY needs a reread!
Kenneth Timmerman
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is the classic manual for wanna-be jihadis. Read it to learn what civilization is up against.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He needed to have sex beforo he started to write this book.
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only treatise of 'political Islam' (using 'political' here is really redundant, as this book will tell you) i have read, other than the Qur'an of course. The Muslim Brotherhood, a movement of which Qutb is considered to be one of the main intellectuals, is the main opposition party in man countries in the middle east and North Africa. It originated in the early 20th century and was started by a schoolteacher initially as a community center for Egyptian boys to get them away from the corrupti ...more
I am surprised by how much this book reminded me of The Turner Diaries. Not, of course, in its prose or overall message, but in its attempt to hide fear and xenophobia amid ideas that hatred is a quality to be admired. Qutb's book stands out as a philosophical and religious justification of the killing of innocents in Islamist terrorist campaigns, and is worth reading for that reason. However, the logic seems quite flimsy at best (though to be fair, Qutb does argue against using any kind of West ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the version published by Dar al-Ilm in Damascus (the English translation), not necessarily the version listed here. It was rough. I don't know if it was the translation, actual content, or different cultural expectations for written works, but I had to put the book down for a week just to muster up the motivation to finish it. This book was chapters of rambling from an aggressive, racist old man who was determined to take over the world and kill everyone who doesn't follow shari'a. Yikes. ...more
Barnaby Thieme
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's hard to know how to review a book like this, which is hindsight is obviously one of the most significant works of political philosophy of the 20th century. Qutb lays out a rigid, calcified antithesis between Europe and the United States and (his version of) the Muslim world, demonizing the former and praising the latter. To point out that he uses circular reasoning to praise his mythologized, ideal Muslim community - one which at no time existed - is only a criticism from the standpoint of ...more
U-ming Lee
Jun 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
To be clear, I live in a country where the official religion is Islam but I am not a Muslim.

I know this writer is highly influential and was executed for some of the ideals that he put forward in this book. However, notwithstanding my personal stand towards his beliefs, I could not finish this book.

I found the book highly rambling and repetitive. Much of the quarter or so of the book I read felt, to me, to be a diatribe against the sins of the West and the sins of the rest of the world and how
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The saying that ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ accurately describes the life-story of Sayyid Qutb ( سيد قطب ); who was an Egyptian prominent revivalist, ideologue, thinker, and a leading intellectual of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (al 'Ikhwan ul- Muslimun) in the 1950s and 60s.

He is best known for his work on redefining the role of Islam in social and political change, particularly in hi
“إن هذا القرآن لا يمنح كنوزه إلا لمن يُقبل عليه بهذه الروح : روح المعرفة المنشئة للعمل ، إنه لم يجئ ليكون كتاب متاع عقلي ، ولا كتاب أدب وفن ، ولا كتاب قصة وتاريخ -وإن كان هذا كله من محتوياته- إنما جاء ليكون منهاج حياة ، منهاجاً إلهياً خالصاً ،” 148 likes
“وليس في إسلامنا ما نخجل منه ، وما نضطر للدفاع عنه ، وليس فيه مانتدسس به للناس تدسساً ، أو ما نتلعثم في الجهر به على حقيقته . إن الهزيمة الروحية أمام الغرب وأمام الشرق وأمام أوضاع الجاهلية هنا وهناك هي التي تجعل بعض الناس .. المسلمين .. يتلمس للإسلام موافقات جزئية من النظم البشرية ، أو يتلمس من أعمال ” الحضارة ” الجاهلية ما يسند به أعمال الإسلام وقضاءه في بعض الأمور … إنه إذا كان هناك من يحتاج للدفاع والتبرير والاعتذار فليس هو الذي يقدم الإسلام للناس . وإنما هو ذاك الذي يحيا في هذه الجاهلية المهلهلة المليئة بالمتناقضات وبالنقائض والعيوب ، ويريد أن يتلمس المبررات للجاهلية . وهؤلاء هم الذين يهاجمون الإسلام ويلجئون بعض محبيه الذين يجهلون حقيقته إلى الدفاع عنه ، كـأنه متهم مضطر للدفاع عن نفسه في قفص الاتـهام” 70 likes
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