Muhammad Asad





Muhammad Asad

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born
in Lviv, Ukraine
July 02, 1900

died
February 20, 1992

gender
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Asad was a descendant of a long line of rabbis. However, his father was a barrister. He received a thorough religious education. He was proficient in Hebrew from an early age and was also familiar with Aramaic. He studied the Old Testament, as well as the text and commentaries of the Talmud, the Mishna and Gemara. Furthermore, he delved into the intricacies of Biblical exegesis, the Targum.

So, after abandoning university in Vienna, Asad (or Weiss, as he was then called) had drifted aimlessly around 1920s Germany, even working briefly for the expressionist film director Fritz Lang. By his own account after selling a jointly written film-script, he blew the windfall on a wild party at an expensive Berlin restaurant, in the spirit of the times...more


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“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; and the result is a structure of absolute balance and solid composure.”
Muhammad Asad

“هل لك أن تدلنى - كيف أن الإيمان الذى دلكم عليه نبيكم ، وكل هذا الوضوح والبساطة ، قد دفنت تحت أنقاض الثرثرة المتحزلقة ، والشجار بين علمائكم ؟ كيف أن أمراءكم والإقطاعيين يعيشون فى رفاهية ، بينما إخوانهم من المسلمين ، يذوقون الفاقة والفقر المدقع ، فى حين أن نبيكم يقول أنه لا يؤمن من بات شبعان وجاره جائع ؟”
Muhammad Asad

“ While I thus cogitate in disquiet and perplexity, half submerged in dark waters of a well in an Arabian oasis, I suddenly hear a voice from the background of my memory, the voice of an old Kurdish nomad: If water stands motionless in a pool it grows stale and muddy, but when it moves and flows it becomes clear: so, too, man in his wanderings. Whereupon, as if by magic, all disquiet leaves me. I begin to look upon myself with distant eyes, as you might look at the pages of a book to read a story from them; and I begin to understand that my life could not have taken a different course. For when I ask myself, 'What is the sum total of my life?' somthing in me seems to answer, 'You have set out to exchange one world for another-to gain a new world for yourself in exchange for an old one which you never really possessed.' And I know with startling clarity that such an undertaking might indeed take an entire lifetime.”
Muhammad Asad, Road to Mecca

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