Muhammad Asad was not only dishonest ., He was a mental case also . Muhammad Asad was actually a Polish Jew who converted to Islam, was born as Leopold Weiss in July 1900 and converted to Islam in 1926 ., The fool became Muslim when he was 26 year old guy . In fact he became citizen of Pakistan and even served as one of the first Pakistani ambassadors to the United NationsAnyway, in terms of translators, Asad is the most dishonest of them all.
After abandoning university in Vienna, Asad (or Weiss, as he was then called) drifted aimlessly around 1920s Germany, even working briefly for the expressionist film director Fritz Lang. By his own account after selling a jointly written film script, he blew the windfall on a wild party at an expensive Berlin restaurant , in the spirit of the times.He got his first journalism published through sheer chutzpah while working as a telephone operator for an American news agency in Berlin. Using the simple expedient of ringing up her Berlin hotel room, he obtained an exclusive interview with the visiting wife of the Russian author Maxim Gorky, and the story was taken up by his employers.
Weiss later moved to the British Mandate of Palestine, staying in Jerusalem at the house of an uncle, the psychoanalyst Dorian Weiss. He picked up work as a stringer for the Frankfurter Zeitung, selling articles on a freelance basis. His pieces were noteworthy for their understanding of Arab fears and grievances against the Zionist project. Eventually contracted as a full-time foreign correspondent for the paper, his assignments led him to an ever-deepening engagement with Islam, which after much thought led to his religious conversion in 1926.During WWII he was interned there by the British as an enemy alien. His parents meanwhile, were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Because of his out-spoken support for the Pakistan Movement, after Independence and the Partition of 1947, Asad was appointed Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations He is credited with drafting the Objectives Resolution, which became the Preamble to the Constitution of Pakistan(THIS IS NOT TRUE..yeezvee). Towards the end of his life, disturbed by a emerging fanaticism of some of his fellow Muslims. , he moved to Spain and lived there with his second wife, the Muslim convert Paola Hameeda Asad, until his death in 1992. He was buried in the Muslim cemetery of Granada.
Neither he had intellectual depth nor enough background of Arabic/English to translate Quran.. His translation is nothing but TRASH..
by the way I have his PDF book the so-called translation/tafsir combo "Message of Quran - Muhammad Asad" if any one likes to have it I can e-mail the pdf file..
Actually I wonder whether it is possible to store many of such Islam related books as PDF files in FFI as reference..