Muhammad Asad was born on 2 July 1900 / 4 Rabi’ Al Awal 1318 in Eastern Galicia. Known as Leopold Weiss before his conversion to Islam, he had a distinguished career throughout his lifetime. In 1926 AD / 1344 AH, already a famous journalist in Europe, he decided to return to Germany. In the same year, at the age of 26, he married a German painter and converted to Islam. After Elsa’s conversion to Islam, which happened weeks later, both decided to fulfil their first major duty as Muslims; both headed to Mecca in order to perform their first Hajj pilgrimage.
Extracted from the book: En Route to Mecca – Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries
Publisher: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
(This book is published in conjunction with the En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries exhibition, launched in October 2009.)