Monday, December 14, 2009

Tribute to Muhammad Asad

Muhammad Asad, Leopold Weiss, was born in Livow, Austria (later Poland) in 1900, and at the age of 22 made his visit to the Middle East. He later became an outstanding foreign correspondent for the Franfurtur Zeitung, and after his conversion to Islam travelled and worked throughout the Muslim world, from North Africa to as far East as Afghanistan. After years of devoted study he became one of the leading Muslim scholars of our age. After the establishment of Pakistan, he was appointed the Director of the Department of Islamic Reconstruction, West Punjab and later on became Pakistan's Alternate Representative at the United Nations. Muhammad Asad's two important books are: Islam at the Crossroads and Road to Mecca. He also produced a monthly journal Arafat. At present he is working upon an English translation of the Holy Qur'an. [Asad completed his translation and has passed away.]

  • Kelahiran Austria (1900) dengan nama Leopold Weiss
  • Belajar kitab-kitab suci Yahudi - Kristen dengan bahasa Ibrani - Aramea, Polandia dan Jerman.
  • Belajar sejarah, falsafah dan psikologi.
  • Wartawan United Telegraph di Berlin (1921).
  • Wartawan Frankfurter Zeitung dan koresponden di Timur Tengah (1922-1926).
  • Masuk Islam di Berlin dan memilih nama Muhammad Asad (1926).
  • Tinggal di Hejaz dan Najd (Saudi Arabia) (1926-1932).
  • Menjelajah wilayah-wilayah negeri Islam (1932-1947) kecuali Asia Tenggara.
  • Bersahabat dengan tokoh-tokoh Islam, termasuk Raja Abdul 'Aziz, Ibnu Saud dan Muhammad Iqbal.
  • Membatalkan rencana ke Indonesia dan Asia Tenggara karena ditugaskan  sbg pengarah Department of Reconstruction Islam Pakistan (1947-1951).
  • Mengetuai bagian Timur Tengah Kementerian Luar Negeri Pakistan.
  • Menjadi Duta Tetap Pakistan untuk PBB
  • Menulis Islam at the Crossroads (1935), The Road to Mecca (1952) dan The Message of the Quran.
  • Muhammad Asad diangkat sebagai warga negara kehormatan di berbagai negeri Islam;  dan meninggal dunia pada 20 February 1992. He was buried in the Muslim cemetery in Granada, Andalusia.
  • With his death passed a journalist, traveler, social critic, linguist, thinker, reformer, diplomat, political theorist and translator, a scholar dedicated to the service of God and humankind, and to leading a righteous life.



    But death will not be the final chapter in Asad's close relationship with the Muslims: His luminous works remain a living testimony to his great, enduring love affair with Islam.
     

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