A tribute to Muhammad Asad

Assalamu’alaikum and greetings to all =D .There would be three events this week in tribute to the late Muhammad Asad(Leopold Weiss). The details are:
12 Dec 2009
8.00 pm-Movie Screening: "A Road to Mecca", a 90-minute exclusive documentary produced in 2008 on the life and travels of Muhammad Asad.
RM10.00 (RM5 for students).
Requires registration. Click here for details.
13 Dec 2009
10.00 am- A tribute to Muhammad Asad - a lecture delivered by Prof Tariq Ramadan, Free. Requires registration.Click here for details.

About Muhammad Asad:

Muhammad Asad’s name figures prominently on the roll of 20th-century English-language Muslim thinkers. Born as Leopold Weiss into a Polish family of strong Jewish background, he was a gifted young writer and adventurous traveler who journeyed to the East to discover Islam. The result of his travels is a highly charged and brilliantly written autobiography, The Road to Mecca. He found the Muslim world an unexpected tonic: its complexities, temperament and sense of spiritual security intrigued him. Over the decades that followed, he became the most articulate and passionate of Muslim scholars and writers, devoted to the revival of his faith and its reconciliation with the modern world.He had also undertaken a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari, the collected books of Prophetic traditions, but all his translations except one were destroyed during the chaos that followed World War II.

At 80, he completed his translation and commentary of the Qur’an, The Message of the Qur’an.

The Message of the Qur'an is widely recognised as among the best English translations and commentaries of the Qur'an and comparable to the famous works of Pickthall, Yusuf Ali and Daryabadi. His rendering is simple and straightforward. Although widely known as a proponent of conservative Islam, his translation departs from the traditional exegetic approaches and reflects his deep knowledge of Jewish and Christian scriptures.
Asad's work however is difficult to obtain and expensive. The work is published in a bulky format, and is hindered by the use of small typeface. In the last three years, Islamic Book Trust began the task of re-issuing this important work in a new and attractive typeset and beautifully bound. It also boasts of a comprehensive index and uses the standard Uthmani Qur'anic script

So much about the circumstances of my becoming a Muslim. Since then I was asked, time and again: “Why did you embrace Islam? What was it that attracted you particularly?”- and I must confess: I don’t know of any satisfactory answer. It was not any particular teaching that attracted me, but the whole wonderful, inexplicably coherent structure of moral teaching and practical life programme. I could not say, even now, which aspect of it appeals to me more than any other. Islam appears to me like a perfect work of architecture. All its parts are harmoniously conceived to complement and support each other; nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking, with the result of an absolute balance and solid composure. Probably this feeling that everything in the teachings and postulates of Islam is in its proper place, has created the strongest impression on me. There might have been ,along with it , other impressions also which today it is difficult for me to analyse. After all, it was a matter of love; and love is composed of many things ;of our desires and our loneliness, of our high aims and our shortcomings, of our strength and our weakness. So it was in my case
-Muhammad Asad


a.j. said...

wow ... a jews convert ... rare indeed ... subhanallah

Fid said...

Thanks for summarizing the autobiography of Leopold Weiss or Muhammad Asad, and his prominent works namely Road to Mecca, The Message of The Quran, translation & commentaries on Sahih Bukhari, This Law of Ours and Islam at the crossroads. This is an eye opener to find out the achievement of our reverts. Jazakallahukhayran. All praises are due to Allah SWT.

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