Leopold Weiss, an Austrian-Hungarian-Jewish convert to Islam, was born Muhammad Asad in 1900. His ancestors were rabbinical clerics. His life serves as an example of devotion to Islamic learning that has had an effect on all parts of the Muslim world. This also includes the early years of Pakistan. Imran Khan, the prime minister, attributes his motivation to Muhammad Asad for leading him down the religious path.
The nation primarily enthralled Muhammad Asad as a symbol of the revival of the Islamic world. In order to establish Pakistan as an Islamic state, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah established a Department of Islamic Reconstruction in 1947. Quaid e Azam named Muhammad Asad as its director.
Prime Minister Liaquat Ali wanted to send Muhammad Asad to Saudi Arabia in 1947 on an official visit. This is because Pakistan didn’t have an embassy in Saudi Arabia at the time of independence to assist pilgrims. Asad brought up this issue with Shaheed-e-Millat because he didn’t have any travel documents that were valid for the trip. This was because Pakistan did not yet have passport laws.
The Pakistani government gave Asad their first passport on Liaquat Ali Khan’s specific request. He kept the passport until his passing in 1992. Muhammad Asad played a crucial role in forging cordial ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that continue to this day. Asad suggested establishing a League of Muslim Nations. He was a member of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Asad’s suggestion was an illustration of his imaginative thinking.
According to Asad, he made a shocking discovery after Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was killed. According to him, he was on an official trip to Ankara when he discovered notes for a speech. These notes belonged to Liaquat Ali Khan. The PM was planning to give the speech the following morning about the League of Muslim Nations and the Constitution.
Asad’s ability to persuade Liaquat Ali Khan of the significance of Muslim unity is evidence of his intellectual influence. Muhammad Asad opposed Zionism even before reverting to Islam and was a fervent supporter of Palestinian rights. He served as a builder and intellectual co-founder of the Pakistani nation in its early years. Muhammad Asad is someone to whom Pakistan owes a debt of gratitude, in my opinion.