“…so, this is their real problem. They do not lack the clear proofs, nor do they lack convincing arguments from you that you are upon the truth, and that what has come to you from your Lord is the truth. You can present to them whatever you wish, and you can be kind to them as much as you wish, but none of this will please them in the least.
They will be pleased by one thing and one thing only: that you follow their ways and abandon what you are upon of the truth.
It is this eternal ‘aqeedah whose confirmation we see in every time and place…it is this belief that is the essence and reality of the battle that the Jews and Christians are inciting against the Muslim Ummah in every land throughout time. It is the battle of belief that has begun. Between the camps of kufr, they occasionally differ and quarrel between each other. They differ in the small aspects of the same kufr beliefs that is common between them, but when it comes to fighting Islam and the Muslims, they are always in completely united!
In its essence and reality it is a true battle of faiths. However, the two camps that have hatred towards Islam and the Muslims apply various names to this battle, and they raise it in the name of various banners and slogans – all out of evil and deceit. They experienced the zeal and passion of the Muslims towards their religion and belief when they faced them under the banner of ‘aqeedah. As a result, the stubborn enemies changed the banner of the fight. They no longer announce it as a battle in the name of belief, which is what it really is, out of fear of the surging zeal that would be evoked if they did so. Rather, they announce it in the name of land, economics, politics, military bases, freedom, human rights etc, and they throw into the minds of the heedless ones among us that the issue of belief has become a thing of the past, having no relevance today, and that we should not raise the banner of Islam and fight in its name! This is the characteristic of these idiotic blind followers.
They do all of this to protect themselves from the surging passion that would be unleashed for the sake of this belief, even though, between themselves, the international Zionists, Crusaders, and Communists all plot this battle first and foremost to destroy this solid boulder that they have been nudging for a long time, but will only awaken and destroy them all in the end!
Verily, it is a battle of beliefs. It is not a battle over land, crops, military bases, or any of these other empty banners. They impose these concepts on us out of an alterior motive, in order to deceive and distract us from the true reality and nature of the battle. So, if we are deceived by this deception of theirs, and we distance ourselves from Allah and the guidence of His Prophet and Ummah in this regard, then we have nobody to blame but ourselves, as He is the most Truthful of speakers:
“And the Jews and Christians will never be pleased with you until you follow their way…” (Al-Baqarah, 2:120)
So, this is the only price that they are willing to accept. Anything else will be rejected and pushed back.”
Taken from Sayyid Qutbs In The Shade Of Quran (Fi Dhilaal Al-Qur’aan, 1/108) written in the prisons of Egypt before his death.