The Road to Mecca Paperback – 3 Apr 2002
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"We ride, ride, two men on two dromedaries, the sun flames over our heads, everything is shimmer and glimmer and swimming light..." So begins this tale, which Muhammad Asad says is simply the story "of a European's discovery of Islam and of his integration within the Muslim community." This book is more than an autobiography, which the "Times Literary Supplement" calls a "narrative of great power and beauty". It gives us a window to view the life and times of an articulate and impassioned Muslim scholar who was devoted to the revival of Islam and its reconciliation with the modern world. It was first published in 1954. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From a religious point of view, this is also a book where a Jewish journalist converts to Islam. But what this book puts across is that all the faiths, if we see them from a point of view of what they were meant to be before being politicised, are infact giving the same message of being peaceful and one with yourself and those around you. Asad, captures that moment for me and demonstrates that best of qualities that I really think we all have within us(although we repress it into nonexistence), humanism. An ability to view this world not through parallels and myriads of differences based on religion, race, region, language etc, but viewing everyone and anyone as a human being and appreciating the differences that they bring to this world. To Asad, Islam brought this humanism down to its simplest terms, being peaceful and being content with your life.Read more ›
The book opens in 1932, six years after his conversion, when he and an Arab friend of his were crossing the Arabian desert on dromedaries. On their way, from the Saudi-Iraq border to Mecca, he became briefly separated from his friend, lost his way and nearly died of thirst - an immensely powerful and poetic description of the desert and of this ordeal. It is a foretaste of the evocative way he writes about everything he sees and experiences.
During this journey he reminisces about his life.
His early study of Judaism had given him some feeling for a religious outlook, but its emphasis on ritual and on a God caring especially for one little tribe had left him for a while a secular person, albeit one with a vague longing for a `spiritual order' in the post-war period of `moral chaos' and materialism. Of course it was also a period of intellectual ferment and creativity; but still felt that it all took place in a spiritual vacuum.
He became a journalist; and then in 1922 he was invited for a visit by an uncle living in Palestine.Read more ›
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Great Book. more about human journey and realisation of self than pure religion. MUHAMMED understands the religion through his personal experience. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. S. Radhakrishna
This is unquestionably a wonderful book! The author is a very clever and talented writer you find yourself reading a book that is valid for all times and generations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ibtissem amiour
Another very well written book very thought provoking shows how well Mohammed Assad understood Islam and God's to humanity delivered through Prophet MOHAMMED.Published on 22 Mar. 2014 by MWS Jilani - Pearlman Rose
some one gave me this book and I as I began to read it became compulsive reading. the title may be deceptive but its not incorrect as it is one man's journey through the middle... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by shaqqalaqa
An unusual personal journey that allows a glimpse into an Islamic world that changed the perspective and life of the writer.Published on 30 Nov. 2013 by Mrs R
After reading the reviews on this book I expected to be blown away. To cry. To feel so many emotions. Admittedly at first I was a little disappointed. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by booboolina
Excellent book. But the back cover top coror was a little damaged. Maybe it got damaged in the post. I dunno.
The contents of the book itself; amazing. Read more