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The Road to Mecca  by Muhammad Asad
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May 09, 10

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Read on May 09, 2010

Leopold, before changing name into "Muhammad Asad", has wrote this noble book to read..
not only read, but truly make a person-or as we are-to have more answers about basic belief in islam
this is one of which i love the most...

Leopold's first exposure to Islam occurred during his initial trip to
Jerusalem when he witnessed a group of people praying in congregation.
It somehow disturbed him to see so real a prayer combined with almost
mechanical body movements, and one day he asked the imâm, who
understood a little English: "Do you really believe that God expects you to show Him your respect by repeated bowing and kneeling and
prostration? Might it not be only to look into oneself and to pray to Him in the stillness of one's heart? Why all these movements of your body?
He replied: How else then should we worship God? Did he not
create both, soul and body, together? And this being so, should man not
pray with his body as well as his soul?� He then went on to explain the
significance of the various movements of the prayer.
This was an important moment in Leopold's life, since he would
one day observe: Years later, I realized that with his simple explanation
the hajji had opened to me the first door to Islam.
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