"...And all of Islam in Makkah was manifested in this issue: the issue of the battle between Islam and jahiliyyah. There was no fasting, charity, pilgrimage, inheritance, or anything else of the Shar'i mannerisms, such as drinking with the right hand, the details of how to pray, or anything else. All of this was delayed by the Lord of Honor until this believing group was nurtured upon the belief that was settling in the depths of their hearts and running through their veins that there could be no meeting point between Islam and jahiliyyah, and that the fires of this conflict would never be put out so long as there was a truth to uphold, and so long as there was a falsehood that existed, and these two situations can never cease to exist.
This is a battle.
Whoever wishes to understand it clearly as it is, as if he is receiving the Qur'an as it was revealed, and to take part in the battle that it is fighting - the battle that it fought the first time around - he must read 'Fi Dhilal al-Qur'an.' Whoever does not read Sayyid Qutb's tafsir in 'Fi Dhilal al-Qur'an' will not be able to grasp the depths of this battle, for many reasons. From them is the fact that the man who wrote this book was relaying to the people these events from the midst of the conflict, and from the depths of the battlefield. He wrote these words while he was watching the hangman's noose being tightened in front of his very eyes. So, he wrote them while he was free of all fears, and free of all the burdens of the dunya - no job, no wife, no children, no connection to the burdens that pull one to this Earth. He wrote them while he was bidding the dunya farewell, and everyone who reads the tafsir of 'al-Baqarah,' 'Al 'Imran,' 'an-Nisa',' 'al-Ma'idah,' 'al-A'raf,' and walks with them - in the second printing onwards - will realize that the one who wrote these words is not from the people of this world. Rather, he is bidding this world farewell with these words, and is giving it a departing wave with these words.
Because of this, many people read books, read explanations of the Qur'an, read the words of Ibn Kathir, at-Tabari, and other than them, and they are never able - and I am saying this to you as a professor of Shari'ah, and I know more than you, and I understand this issue more than you do - they are unable to understand the Qur'an as it was revealed, nor are they able to partake in the battle for which Allah revealed it - not just in the era of the Messenger of Allah, but in every era, and in every place.
This Qur'an is the Book of Allah that was revealed to fight a battle against the enemies of Allah:
وَجَـٰهِدۡهُم بِهِۦ جِهَادً۬ا ڪَبِيرً۬ا...
"...and strive against them with it a great struggle"
And it is a must for the people to understand the Book of Allah, why it was revealed, and with whom these texts are dealing with. And some people think that these texts fought a battle, played their role, and that it is no longer possible to utilize this way of looking at things, or to move forward with these rules to fight the battle of today, which is as if it were the same battle that was fought by the Messenger of Allah.
So, I advise you and myself to read 'Fi Dhilal al-Qur'an.'"
['at-Tarbiyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina''; 3/6-7]
(SHEIKH 'ABDULLAH YUSUF 'AZZAM (ASY-SYAHID, INSYAALLAH)