Allama Muhammad Asad (formerly Leopold Weiss) (1900-1992), was an Austrian Jew who converted to Islam, and a 20th century journalist, traveler, writer, social critic, linguist, thinker, reformer, diplomat, political theorist, translator and scholar. Allama Asad was one of the 20th century’s most influential European Muslims.
In 1947, Allama Asad was given Pakistani citizenship by the newly established Muslim state of Pakistan and appointed the Director of the Department of Islamic Reconstruction by the Government of Pakistan, where he made recommendations on the drafting of Pakistan’s first Constitution. In 1949, Asad joined Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as head of the Middle East Division and, in 1952, was appointed Pakistan’s Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations in New York.
Muhammad Asad is famously known for his two publications – “The Road to Mecca”, a biographical account of his life up to the age of 32, his conversion to Islam from Judaism and his journey to Mecca and his magnum opus, “The Message of the Qur’an”, a translation and commentary of the sacred book of Islam, the Qur’an.
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Note: Allama Asad also met Allama Iqbal, an important extract from his book ‘Road to Mecca’ which can be related to a poem of Allama Iqbal, will be added in next post.
Orya Maqbool Jaan and Dr. Safdar Mehmood mentioned Allama Asad in their articles, both articles are very similar posted in same day (11 April 2012).