Sayyid Qutb Biography
Birthday: October 9, 1906 (Libra)
Born In: Musha, Egypt
Sayyid Qutb was an Egyptian writer, poet, critic, religious leader and a part of the 'Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.' He was a prolific writer who influenced several people. He wrote over 24 books, of which many were still unreleased at the time of his death or destroyed by the government. He also authored more than 581 articles on various subjects like literature and art, and several educational journals. He is renowned for his major work ‘Ma'alim fi al-Tariq’ or ‘Milestones,’ which laid out the socio-political significance of Islam. He also wrote ‘Fi Zilal al-Quran’ while in prison, which was a critique on the Quran. The literati community surrounded him throughout his life, and his community included political figures, poets, artists, and thinkers of his generation and also his seniors. His works were inculcated in several universities and colleges and taught as a part of school curriculum. His disdain of the Western culture, especially that of the United States, was evident. He viewed their lifestyle as obsessive, violent, and capitalistic. He was a proponent of jihad. His followers are now known as "Qutbists" or "Qutbi." He was executed after being arrested for conspiring against Gamal Abdel Nasser, the President of Egypt.