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Muhammad Asad

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Not many people are aware of Muhammad Asad or the role he played in the pre and post partition era. Asad is a fascinating character, born an Austrian Jew who converted to Islam and traveled the Muslim world and found himself representing Pakistan at the UN. Among the books one must read from this scholar of Islam is "Road to Mecca". PDF books in the below link:

http://muhammad-asad.com/

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Great find. Muhammad Asad and Abdullah Yusuf Ali were both tied to Pakistan at some official level. May Allah SWT shower His mercy upon both of these men. ameen.

Amazing history:

Asad in British India and Pakistan

Muhammad Asad (formerly Leopold Weiss) (seated right) and Asad's wife, Pola Hamida Asad (seated left) with Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan, founder of the Dar ul Islam Trust, and his grandchildren at Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan's house in Jauharabad, Pakistan, circa 1957

Asad left Arabia and came to British India in 1932 where he met South Asia's premier Muslim poet, philosopher and thinker, Muhammad Iqbal, who had proposed the idea of an independent Muslim state in India, which later became Pakistan. Iqbal persuaded Asad to stay on in British India and help the Muslims of India establish their separate Muslim state. Iqbal introduced Asad to Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan, a philanthropist and agriculturalist, who, on the advice of Muhammad Iqbal, established the Dar-ul-Islam Trust Institutes in Pathankot, India and Jauharabad, Pakistan. Asad stayed on in British India and worked with both Muhammad Iqbal and Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan.[4]

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Asad's parents were arrested and, subsequently, murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Asad himself was arrested in Lahore in 1939, a day after the war broke out, by the British as an enemy alien. This was despite the fact that Asad had refused German nationality after the annexation of Austria in 1938 and had insisted on retaining his Austrian citizenship. Asad spent three years incarcerated in a prison, while his family consisting of his wife, Munira, and son, Talal, after being released from detention earlier, lived under the protection of Chaudhry Niaz Ali Khan at the latter's vast 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) estate in Jamalpur, 5 km west of Pathankot. Asad was finally released and reunited with his family in Jamalpur when the Second World War ended in 1945.[4]

Asad supported the idea of a separate Muslim state in India and after the independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947, in recognition for his support for Pakistan, Asad was conferred full citizenship by Pakistan and appointed the Director of the Department of Islamic Reconstruction by the Government of Pakistan[5], where he made recommendations on the drafting of Pakistan's first Constitution[citation needed]. In 1949, Asad joined Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as head of the Middle East Division and made efforts to strengthen Pakistan's ties with the Muslim states of the Middle East. In 1952, Asad was appointed as Pakistan's Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations in New York - a position that he relinquished in 1952 to write his autobiography (up to the age of 32), The Road to Mecca.[6][5]

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Muhammad Asad was an Austro-Hungarian born journalist, traveler, writer and Islamic scholar.

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