The Road to Mecca by Muhammad AsadThere are enough reviews by other people, which does the justice to the book. Yet I just want to add that Leopold Weis/Muhammad Asads life is the testimony to one thing:
Can a modern/secular mind find it way into Islam and appreciate its truth? And if so how is this possible?
As I was born in and raised into a Muslim society, I took it for granted that Islam was the true calling of God. Yet after I have started studyin social sciences and Western society, the question above has become increasingly pressing for me. Because the answer to this question would help me decide whether Islam was really universal in its essence or I was living a truth-regime.
Eseds experience is the perfect testimony of the modern reason finding its way into Islam and at the same time reconstructing the message and significance of Islam for the modern Muslim. It helps us understand the relevance of Quranic message for Modernity.
Finally Id like to say that vividness of the experiences in the book occasionally made me cry; something I experience so rarely. Towards the end, the cry Lebbeyk! was echoing in my own heart.
The Road to Mecca, by Muhammad Asad
Leopold Weiss was born in in Lwow, Poland which at that time was an Austrian possession. His father was a lawyer, descended from a long line of rabbis. His mother, also Jewish, was the daughter of a banker. She died when he was about Leopold's father and sister perished during the Holocaust.
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The Road to Mecca , also known as Road to Mecca or Road to Makkah , is the autobiography of Muslim scholar, intellectual , political theorist and spiritual writer Muhammad Asad. The book received critical acclaim upon publication, including reviews in prestigious New York City periodicals. New York World-Telegram wrote:. Lawrence , Muhammad Asad offers a similar blend of daring action and thoughtful observation. In addition, he surpasses either of these great predecessors as a prose stylist and interpreter of the Islamic faith . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see The Road to Mecca disambiguation.
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