"I never ate a good meal without thinking I was stealing it from those who have nothing to eat." -Sayyid Qutb, Arab literary critic, social and political reformer, and Muslim da'ee.
"Whosoever wants carefree, cheap and animalistic pleasure, there is plenty of it for him or her in the West. And whosoever wants human-like freedom, he or she will find it in the gracious spiritual freedom of the East. This is higher than any bodily pleasure and any freedom of thought that is available to the Western slaves." -Sayyid Qutb. He wrote this in 1946 in an article for the Alam Al-Arabi magazine.He wrote this before he had traveled to America.
"Shaheed is the person who bears witness that Allah's law is more precious to him than his own life."
Sayyid Qutb said the above line to an officer who asked him about the meaning of Shaheed during his 'trial' in 1966, a trial that was fabricated to justify killing him. It was denounced by lawyers and human rights organizations all over the world.*
It is said that he said "Alhamdulillah" and smiled when he was read his death sentence.