On August 29, 1966, Sayyid Qutb was executed along with two of his companions, Muhammad Yusuf Awwash and Abdul Fattah Isma’il.
Sayyid Qutb “welcomed” death and did not accept any attempts to change his stance until his end came. Because this, he felt, was how his words would truly impact the masses. He writes:
“Indeed our words will remain lifeless, barren, devoid of any passion, until we die as a result of these words, whereupon our words will suddenly spring to life and live on amongst the hearts that are dead, bringing them back to life as well…”
He would tell his fellow inmates, “Brother(s) push ahead, for your path is soaked in blood. Do not turn your head right or left but look only up to Heaven.”
One of his inmates asked him, “Why were you so open in the court that holds your neck under its threat?” He replied, “Because concealment is not permissible in Aqeedah, and it is not for the leader to take the allowances in religion.”