Syyed Qutb (1906- 1966)
He is regarded as the father of modern fundamentalism and described by his (Arab) biographer as “the most famous personality of the Muslim world in the second half of the 20th century”. Born in Egypt and his stay in the USA clarified his Islam roots,- and for all his anarcho-Islamic position, he dared to think his own thoughts and died in prison for his unflinching stance and he died by hanging for plotting to overthrow the government.
Qutb, is being increasingly cited as the figure who has most influenced late bin-Laden, the al-Qaida leader. Yet outside the Muslim world, he remains virtually unknown. Associate professor of history at Creighton University, John Calvert, states that “the Al Qaeda threat” has “monopolized and distorted our understanding” of Qutb’s “real contribution to contemporary Islamism.” Every prophet might as well place a rider about his life and works with this caveat,’ save me from my disciples!’ Likewise man whose only credentials is his thoughts may put them in words lest he should be misinterpreted. Even so he requires such a caveat. Qutb in his work Fi Zalal al-Koran (In the Shadow of the Koran), a commentary on the Koran in 30 volumes which began to appear in 1952 has been vilified for espousing a pernicious doctrine for which the blame lies elsewhere. What is his work? In writing already certain paraphrasing has undergone from what he had in mind, but for which think how clear the Quran would be to render any commentary as superfluous? Syyed Qutb suffers for this reason and his doctrinal position is an exposition of the explanation of Islam scholars who have already claimed their position as uncontestable. Is this what the blessed prophet had in mind? Your guess is as good as mine.
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Syyed Qutb (1906- 1966)
Osama died by choking. He chewed more than he could hold in his gullet. It was not the US he was targeting but his own kismet. He chose it on his own.
Man of enterprise before any venture will sit down and count the cost. A man setting out to create a new order cannot blindly go about it. Firstly his goal must be well thought and based on human nature. One who has never lived among ordinary people and known first hand their hopes, fears and pleasures shall never get it right. Least of all one who was born with a golden spoon (Osama’s father was a wealthy Saudi contractor). Secondly he must have wisdom from life-experience. What was Osama’s experience? Everything that he could indulge with his father’s money. He let his father’s money buy him arms and luxury as if to order. You don’t create a genuine following by mail-order. Osama sent the young recruits to create hatred and confusion. His money could buy those who had not iota of human spirit. Like zombies they obeyed without asking why. Pathetic specimens of humanity that only religion of hate as interpreted by a sybarite could buy. Basic tenets of Islam and humanity he didn’t need to know. Money was his only capital.
A reformer and founder of a new order must must have a far reaching vision tempered with practical wisdom of common people. He also would be resilient to create positive ways and means to make events fall according to his plan. It is like splicing ropes from short ends and gathering strengths from small events. He would be also optimist and practical to play with events. But what Osama had only some starry eyed fools whose combined brainpower may not have even lit up a 40 w bulb..
What was the vision of Osama?
Nothing! He was like a suicide bomber who sets off panic in public places and hoping fate will bring controls into his hands.
In his mad ambition killing was all he knew. For the same reason as I have mentioned earlier the Jihadists will never achieve their mad ambition. In pursuit of it thousands of dead were merely numbers. He wasn’t even good moslem but Iblis incarnate to destroy the innocents. Whether moslems or innocents were snuffed out in prime of their lives were of least concern to him. All he wanted to show the world was that he was a warrior. Warriors do not choose to hide when the heat gets tough outside. Cowards who end in their hiding and get killed are nothing but cowards. To the frog in the fable ox was something fantastic. Osama reminds me of the frog who tried to match a Ho Chi Minh or Mao Tse Tung. In Osama’s cowardly stature I can find no other comparison.
I know warriors who had to spent in hiding. Robert Bruce is too ancient for the present. Mao Tse Tung in his time had to go into hiding but he is a great strategist because he knew when to come out of his hiding and wrest power. He was the Great Helmsman: one only needs to know where is China now. What of Osama and his band? They are without state and are like burrs sent hither and thither by wind. Unwary passersby may catch them in their dress. Only one needs to pause to pick these pricks out one by one and burn them in a bonfire.
With Osama’s treachery on the shores of the US and Europe there were jackals who tagged along wondering if he were the lion or a tiger. Autopsy reveled that the US forces took down a jackass in the outskirts of a small town in Pakistan.
He was not a brave warrior who deserve an honorable burial.
To the evil fire is only reserved once at the Last Judgment. But Abbotabad was as good as a place for Justice to be meted out to Osama. When history writes its final report it would be thus:’ he was nothing but a mass murderer’. I think the Navy Seals should have burnt the body of Osama and ashes thrown into some wasteland in Pakistan. It is a failed state in all that things that a nation could take pride. If such a state could grow at least a mango tree it is something to their account.