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The Light English edition May 2013 issue

The Light English edition May 2013 issue

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Special issue which commemorates and celebrates the arrival of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din in the UK to propagate Islam.
Special issue which commemorates and celebrates the arrival of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din in the UK to propagate Islam.

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Shahid AzizMustaq Ali
The Inspiration for the 1Propagation of IslamThe Woking Muslim Mission 2
The Mission’s Role in the
7Creation of Pakistan
The Mission’s Work in South Africa
at Woking, 1932 13
Delegation at Woking 15
Prays Behind 16Lahori Ahmadi Imam
Editor’s acknowledgement:
the material, text and photographs printed in this issue havebeen reproduced almost entirely from that available at 
Theauthor of the text is Dr Zahid Aziz
, who isalso the creator of the said website and isresponsible for updating it. However, insome places explanatory notes have beenadded for clarification or minor correctionsimplemented.
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Inspired the WokingMuslim Mission
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was one of the leadingfollowers of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, theFounder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in India(d. 1908), and was inspired to undertake thework of propagation of Islam through his influ-ence. Many other missionaries and scholars of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Anjuman also served inthe Woking Muslim Mission as its Imams andHeads. A Muslim scholar associated with theWoking Mission, Shaikh Mushir Hosain Kidwaiof Gadia, wrote in a booklet 
Islam in England 
, in1929:
“I am far from being a follower of Mirza
Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, but I cannot but givehim credit for having fired English educatedMuslims with a missionary zeal for Islam.Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din is one of those men whowere, so to say, reclaimed to Islam by the Mirzasahib, and that to this extent that he gave up hisflourishing practice at the Bar and voluntarily
Webcasting on the world’s first real
-time Islamic service at 
Khwaja Kamal
Din, founder
of the Woking Muslim Mission and a prominent follower of 
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, who sat at the feet of hisspiritual master to learn Islam
accepted to be an exile and came to England
with the sole object of preaching Islam.”
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Maulana Muhammad Ali (d. 1951), the first Head of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, wasa close, life-long friend of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din,and indeed was introduced to Hazrat MirzaGhulam Ahmad in 1897 through the influence of the Khwaja. Near the end of his life he wrote abooklet in 1949 explaining what prompted himto devote his life to the cause of the propagationof Islam. He wrote:
“Whoever went to him [Hazrat Mirza Ghu-
lam Ahmad] he put a spark of the fire of the loveof God in the heart of that disciple. Just like me,the late Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din too, by sitting at the feet of the Imam of the age, was blessed withopening the first Islamic mission to Europe at Woking, shedding such light on the teachings of Islam and the life of the Holy Prophet Muham-mad that the entire attitude of Europeans to-wards Islam changed.
“To those people who harbour ill
-feelingagainst the honoured Mujaddid [Hazrat MirzaGhulam Ahmad], or who fail to give him the re-spect and love due to such a servant of the faith,I say: Has there ever been in the world a liar andimposter who filled the hearts of his followerswith such an urge for the propagation of Islam,and to whom Almighty Allah gave so much helpas to continue fulfilling his dreams and aspira-
tions long after his death?”
 Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din himself wrote in1914:
“It was through him [Hazrat Mirza Ghulam
Ahmad] that in 1892 I became a Muslim anew.Not only did I become a Muslim, but through hisguidance and prayers I was able tomake amends for the sin whichhad been taking me towardsChristianity by showing Christiansthe right path today. It was themost auspicious and blessed dayof my life in 1893 when I took thepledge, at the hand of the Messiahsent by God, to hold religion abovethe world. I would give anythingfor those times which I spent inthe company and service of thisspiritually perfect man, which en-abled me to fulfill my pledge asbest as I could. How can I forget those favours and that love whichhe bestowed on me, especially on me! Even if Ispent my whole life working for the aims andobjects of the Divine mission of this MuslimMessiah, it would be little recompense for the
continuous prayers he said for me.”
The Woking Muslim Mission
24th September 2012 is the centenary of anevent which was to place the town of Woking onthe world map, in particular the map of theMuslim world. It would lead to Woking beingvisited for the next fifty years or more by kings,statesmen, ambassadors, generals, intellectuals,students, business men, and other leading fig-ures from all over the Muslim world, as well asBritish aristocrats, scholars, linguists, writersand soldiers who had embraced Islam. Woking
came to be described as “a miniature of Mecca”
in the West.On that day in 1912, there arrived in Eng-land from Lahore, a city in British India, a mancalled Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din (1870
1932). Hewas by profession a lawyer and by vocation alecturer and orator on the religion of Islam andcomparative religion. He came to plead a civil
HRH Prince Amir Saud at a meeting organised by the Wok ingMuslim Mission at the Shah Jehan Mosque
, Woking
as a mosque open for the use of all Muslims. Hemoved to the mosque as Imam in mid-August 1913during the month of Ramadan, and opened it forregular use for the first time, with the call toprayer being sounded five times a day. In the housenext to the mosque, he established the WokingMuslim Mission.The purpose of opening the mosque was not merely to provide a prayer venue for Muslims inBritain. The Khwaja considered his most important work as being to place an accurate image of Islam
before the British people, as the religion whichbest fulilled the needs of the modern times.Leading Muslims in the Indian subcontinent considered this as an utterly mad and foolhardy
venture, doomed to failure. How could Islam beacceptable in Britain, the country which domi-
nated the world with its most advanced civiliza-tion, based on Christianity and science, while Mus-lims were considered to be mere barbarians fol-
lowing a primitive faith unacceptable by any mod-ern standards? How could the British, with theirmighty rule over a large part of the Muslim world,
including the country from where the Khwajacame, take spiritual guidance from someonebelonging to their subject races who was promot-
ing his inferior religion? Yet the Khwaja was con-vinced that, if the real and true Islam was pre-sented in Britain, refuting its prevalent, distortedimage, people would become sympathetic to it,and many of them would succumb to its appealand attraction. He derived this conviction, driveand energy from his contact with his spiritualmentor, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement,Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908).Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din launched the monthly
 Islamic Review
in February 1913, which remainedin publication till around 1970. Besides contain-ing articles on religious issues, it published newsrelating to Muslims in Britain and thus its archivesare a unique chronicle of the history of Islam andMuslims in this country during those years.With Woking as his base, Khwaja Kamal-ud-
Din went around Britain giving lectures on Islam.His activities were reported in national news
papers as well as local papers such as the
Surrey Advertiser 
and the
Woking News and Mail 
. The Brit-ish Pathe news organisation filmed more than acase before the Privy Council in London, the high-
est court of appeal for Indian cases at the time.However, his plan beyond that was to present Islam in this country on public platforms andcorrect the very serious misconceptions about Islam and Muslims
, under which the people of Britain and its religious and political leaders werelabouring. He soon came to know of the existenceof the mosque at Woking. It had been built in 1889by Dr G.W. Leitner, a European scholar and linguist who had helped in India in the establishment of the University of the Punjab. The mosque was part of his proposed Oriental Institute, which nevercame to fruition. The cost of the construction of the mosque was largely donated by Begum ShahJehan, the Muslim lady ruler of the state of Bhopalin India, and the cost of the land by the ruler of theMuslim state of Hyderabad Deccan.From 1889, past the death of Dr Leitner in
1899, to the year 1913, the mosque was openedonly on special occasions and was generallyderelict and disused
. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, whileconsidering where to base his missionary activi-ties, first visited the mosque in January 1913. Inthe summer of 1913, with the help of two promi-nent Indian Muslims who held high official posi-tions (Sir Abbas Ali Baig and the Right HonourableSyed Ameer Ali), the Khwaja had a trust created totake charge of the property and its status declared
Maulana Aftab-ud-Din (
, in turban) and HRHPrince Faisal of Saudi Arabia at a meeting

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