Muhammad Qutb, brother of Sayyid Qutb, passes away

Mecca: Muhammad Qutb, the brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Sayyid Qutb, passed away at a hospital in Mecca, World Bulletin reported on Friday.

Qutb, 95, was born in the Upper Egyptian village of Musha near Asyut in 1919.

He was a supporter and promoter of his older brother's ideas after his brother was executed by the Egyptian government.

He was arrested alongside his elder brother Sayyid in 1965 when they were accused of plotting to overthrow the secular regime. Although his brother was executed a year later, Muhammad's life was spared.

After his release in 1972, he took refuge among Muslim Brotherhood members in Saudi Arabia, where he published his brother Sayyid's books and became a professor of Islamic Studies.

His writings are well-known in the Arab world. His best known books are 'Ignorance in the Twentieth Century' and 'Islam: the Misunderstood Religion.'