He was born in a Catholic family in 1931.
In 1957, he completed his studies of German Law with a doctorate and his bar exam.
In 1960, he did his Master’s degree at Harvard Law, in American Law.
Murad Wilfried Hofmann embraced Islam in 1980. There were protests by the German public that a man of such high profile should embrace Islam.
When he reverted to Islam, he was a member of the German Foreign Service and a specialist on issues of nuclear defense.
He attended the annual conferences of the Egyptian High Islamic Council.
He also served as Director of information for NATO at Brussels (1983-87), Ambassador to Algeria (1987-90), and Ambassador to Morocco (1990-94).
He has written several highly acclaimed books on Islam.
He was the member of the Board of Directors of the Ibn Rushd Islamic University of Andalucia, Cordoba, Spain.
He was the Corresponding member of the Academy of Islamic Civilization Research, Amman, Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.
He was the honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD).
He currently lives with his Turkish wife in Istanbul. His son from his late first wife is also a diplomat.
· Federal Cross of Merit, Germany.
· Commander of the Order of Merit, Italy.
· Order of Merit in the Arts and Sciences, 1st Class, Egypt.
· Grand Cordon