This Law of Ours
And other Essays
By Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss)
Paperback 239 Pages
ISBN : 9789670526065
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia.
About The Book
The essays in this book, written as far back as in the 1940s, aim to contribute something of a clarification the confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and practical implications of Islamic law.
The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 40s.
Arafat was a 'one man's journal' - as its subtitle stated 'a monthly critique of Muslim thought' - a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law.
The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.
About The Author
Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss) was born a Jew, Leopold Weiss, in Galicia in 1900, worked for a time as a correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung, embraced Islam in 1926 after four years of intermittent residence among the Arabs, and has lived since 1932 among the Muslims in India and Pakistan.
Within a few paragraphs of his extraordinary and beautifully written autobiography "The Road To Mecca By Muhammad Asad", the reader recognizes he is immersed-profoundly so--in a timeless spiritual classic.
'Ultimate questions' do not vary over time; Asad's insightful elucidation of these concerns and his inspiring personal solutions deeply move both heart and mind.
In common with so many, Asad had 'drifted into a matter of fact rejection of all institutional religions.
He yearned for a life without the 'carefully contained, artificial defences which security-minded people love to build up around them,' where he could find for himself 'an approach to the spiritual order of things.'
He wondered if the European way of life-based on the betterment of economic and political conditions 'was in its fundamentals, the only possible way.' He had the courage to look elsewhere.
The grandson of a Central European Orthodox rabbi, Asad found his first 'quiet gladness' in Taoism where truths were as a window opening onto a long lost home far from 'all narrowness and self-created fears.' Asad regretted this 'ivory tower' could not be lived in.
Against his father's wishes he left the pursuit of a doctorate in Vienna to take up journalism. His fascinating travels took him to Jerusalem, Arabia, and India, and finally into service at the United Nations.
In 1926 Asad embraced Islam. His account of his years in Arabia, his desert adventures, friendship with King Saud, and marriage there is truly gripping while being a great read set against the fascinating background following the first World war.
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