A German Ambassador’s Journey to Islam – Part 03

Murad Wilfried Hofmann was a German diplomat and author. Born a Catholic, he converted to Islam in 1980. He studied at Harvard University and was an honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany.

Philosophy was among the factors of his conversion to Islam. “I was not trained as a philosopher, but at any available time, I read philosophy.”

As we already are aware of, there are a few great Muslim philosophers like Ibn Sina, Ibn Khaldun, Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd.

“I was outraged for not knowing them before,” he explained.

During his son’s birthday, he told him that he’s going to give him a gift of value greater than money.   I began writing all that I thought was important about my discovery of Islam. It ended up being 14 pages.”

The imam of Dusseldorf who was the teacher at this training asked him if he beleived in everything that he has written about Islam. He said yes.

The imam then said, “If you believe in this, then you are a Muslim.” Dr Hofmann response was, “If you say I am a Muslim, then I am one.”

Dr Murad Hofmann passed away on  January 13, 2020 at the age of 88 after a long struggle with illness, leaving his wife Neeuz Bulben, a Turkish national.

This is interesting too! Read also about  All I had to do was talk to God

Sources: Raya Shokatfard’s ,  www.aboutislam.net; Wikipedia.

إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

“We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْـه ، وَعافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْـه ، وَأَكْـرِمْ نُزُلَـه ، وَوَسِّـعْ مُدْخَـلَه ، وَاغْسِلْـهُ بِالْمـاءِ وَالثَّـلْجِ وَالْبَـرَدْ ، وَنَقِّـهِ مِنَ الْخطـايا كَما نَـقّيْتَ الـثَّوْبُ الأَبْيَـضُ مِنَ الدَّنَـسْ ، وَأَبْـدِلْهُ داراً خَـيْراً مِنْ دارِه ، وَأَهْلاً خَـيْراً مِنْ أَهْلِـه ، وَزَوْجَـاً خَـيْراً مِنْ زَوْجِه، وَأَدْخِـلْهُ الْجَـنَّة ، وَأَعِـذْهُ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر وَعَذابِ النّـار

O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him and give him strength and pardon him. Be generous to him and cause his entrance to be wide and wash him with water and snow and hail. Cleanse him of his transgressions as white cloth is cleansed of stains. Give him an abode better than his home, and a family better than his family and a wife better than his wife. Take him into Paradise and protect him from the punishment of the grave (and from the punishment of Hell-fire)

(Muslim 2/663)

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