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In 1926, he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Asad. Full of enthusiasm, he embarked upon his first pilgrimage to Mecca. Curious to get to know other Muslim communities, in 1932 Asad left Saudi Arabia - traloelling to Turkistan, China and
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. near Haifa 20 killed.AI Jazeera English hanged. byshooting attack on cafe 2 Arabs killed and 9 injured 14 Arabs killed and 19 injured Jaffa's built Ottoman Town Hall by truck bomb outside the 'Serrani'. December 13 7 killed. 1IlAk and 9 rmre liked this ~ I Reply I II] janner 1 day ago This is a touching storyof one man's journey in search of spiritual fulfilment. .. let alone understand. 1947. 47 wounded by two bombs at Damascus Gate. an arms raid on Pardes Hanna Armycamp. who won't even try to think. September 1947. 53 wounded 13 killed in attack on Tireh. precipitating Balad al-Shaykh 1947.AI Jazeera killed during the attack on Schneller World . January in Jaffa. 1992. html. December 1948. away from humans of his fellow humans. he died. 13 killed. 5 wounded by barrel bomb at Damascus Gate. April9-April11 estimate of254) generally during 18 10 20 Arabs killed bybomb at Jaffa Gate.12011102095616528352. March 1 Club bom bing 1948. killed 1948.11/11/11 1947. February Tel AViv 1948. February Ramla 1948. April 6 during 7 British soldiers. I do not subscribe to any religion but do admire those who sincerely have faith and the certainty that it must give them. January 3-storey 5 1 the Haifa Oil Refinery massacre. December 16(ca) 20 10 killed bybomb at Noga Cinema wounded in Jaffa.. aljazeera. 29 14 Arabs killed bybomb in Jerusalem. 1947. Sorely missed. 25 wounded bybombs outside Alhambra Cinema. to the massacre." What a beautiful end! Hiding and then passing in a secluded spot. as he was blessed with a keen mind.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/ . 1948. at Haifa 6 Arabs killed. by1321rgun and 60 Lehi fighters. March 12 Camp. ~J Shah Bilal and B rmre liked this ~ I Reply I II] Max Demerg 1 day ago "On February20. 10 seriously injured in attack on Yehudieh. 1947. September station. is indicative of how tormented he was by the ignorance I am sure he died a happy man. December 13 6 killed. December 13 5 killed. 1947. December 11 12 2 kidnapped 26 29 British sergeants policemen 1 British soldier A Road to Mecca . cows in 7 Arabs killed near Ras el Ain after selling 12 Arabs killed and 43 wounded at a marketplace in 20 Britons killed and 30 wounded in the BeVingrad Offcers 107-120 accepted Palestinians killed and massacred the first announced near (the number by scholars. December 1947. alone and secluded. 1947. 1948. 6/8 . in attack on British police 4 British killed in Irgun bank robbery. including Commanding Officer. 1947. December 1947. instead and a!terthe battle at the Village of DeirYassin Jerusalem. July29 1947. dozens bybomb which lead refinery. January7 1948. Chachi and 7 rmre liked this ~ 1:1Geydhoshu I Reply I II] Henry Malcom 1 day ago The only Islam is that spelled out in the Qu-ran and there is no other.

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