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Newsreel film clips of events and functions at the Woking Mosque

Page updated 26 July 2014 with British Film Institute clip. See below.

Page updated April 2014 to add links to YouTube for British Pathe newsreel clips.

During the history of the Woking Muslim Mission (from 1913 to the mid-1960s), several events at the Woking Mosque were filmed by newsreel film companies for inclusion in the cinema news broadcasts of those days. Their newsreel archives are now available online on the websites of these companies in low resolution, and may be purchased in higher resolution.

British Pathe

The famous British Pathe newsreel company has most of the newsreel clips relating to the Woking Mission & Mosque.

In the first table below, we list below the clips we found in 2002 on the British Pathe website. In this list, the Film ID and Title of each clip, by which it is identified on British Pathe’s website, is provided.

Note: In April 2014 British Pathe made all its newsreels available on YouTube in higher resolution. In th table below, we have now made the Title of each clip as a link to that clip on YouTube.

Film ID Title Year Our comments
166.12 MOSLEMS END 30 DAY FAST 1954 With sound.
426.01 THE BEGUM OF BHOPAL 1925 Silent. Visit of the Begum of Bhopal to the Woking Mosque. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din shows her around the Mosque. Lord Headley also appears in the opening sequence. This Begum of Bhopal was Sultan Jehan, daughter and successor of Shah Jehan, Begum of Bhopal who had funded the construction of the Woking Mosque. See The Islamic Review, December 1925.
903.02 NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
Subtitled: News in a Nutshell includes Muslims at a Mosque in Woking, ...
1936 Only first item on clip is about Woking. Shows future King Faisal of Saudi Arabia with Woking Imam. Sound of parts of prayers.
703.14 THE FESTIVAL OF EID UL AZHA 1933 Sound of parts of prayers.
891.25 EMPEROR HAILE SALASSIE 1936 Silent. Visit of Haille Selassie to Woking.
782.20 IN THE NAME OF ALLAH 1929 Silent. Id-ul-Fitr.
488.08 FESTIVAL OF EID-UL-FITR 1926 Silent.
208.16 THE PROBLEM OF TURKEY 1920 Silent. Famous Indian political leader and orator Mohamed Ali addressing a meeting at Woking in support of the Turkish Khilafat cause. Maulana Sadr-ud-Din is also on clip.
214.28 FEAST OF RAMZAN 1920 Silent.
196.46 THE FEAST OF SACRIFICE AT WOKING MOSQUE 1919 Silent, short clip.
2894.05 ID AL-ADHA FESTIVAL AT WOKING 1958 Collection of silent cuts.

 

In the April 2014 release of British Pathe newsreels on YouTube, we have found the following clips in addition.

Title
Our comments
Moslem Festival - Qurban Bairam (1914-1918) Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din is seen in the opening shots. Lord Headley is in the background till 12 secs. From 28 secs Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din leads the Eid-ul-Adha prayers. From 54 secs he greets members of the congregation after the prayers. We think this is Eid-ul-Adha, 16 September 1918 (see The Islamic Review, October-November 1918).
Moslem Celebration (1910-1919) From 17 secs onwards, the imam can be seen, who is Maulana Sadr-ud-Din. Hence the year is likely to be from late 1914 to 1916.
Islamic Ceremony In England AKA Moslem Ceremony (1914-1918) From 33 secs onwards, the imam can be seen, who is Maulana Sadr-ud-Din, first addressing the congregation and later leading the prayers. Hence the year is likely to be from late 1914 to 1916.
Muslim Festival - Woking (1920-1929) We think it is nearer to 1920 than 1929.
Out Takes and cuts from the Festival of Eid-ul-Fitr (1926) The broadcast clip corresponding to these out-takes is in the first table above as FilmID 488.08.

Movietone

Movietone was another well-known newsreel film company (movietone.com). It has the following three clips:

Story Number
Film title
Year Our comments
594 Moslem Festival at Woking 1930 Id-ul-Fitr prayers. Between 1 min 35 secs and 1 min 45 secs when worshippers are shown greeting each other after prayers, the film speeds up for some reason. From 1 min 46 secs to the end, the imam, Maulvi Abdul Majid speaks to the camera about Islam being a religion of peace and friendship.
63642 Islamic Ceremony 1955 Id-ul-Fitr prayers.
71514A Aga Khan's Tribute 1957 Memorial service for the late Aga Khan. The Queen (Elizabeth II of England) was represented by the Earl of Scarborough.

You can find these clips on Movietone’s website by searching for them by Story Number (or title), and play them.

ITN Source

At ITN Source, libraries of several newsreel companies can be accessed (itnsource.com). Woking Mosque newsreel clips found here cover three of the events also covered by British Pathe or Movietone mentioned in the tables above, but these contain different or extra scenes or scenes shot from a different angle:

Ref:
Film title
Year Our comments
BGT407053452 Mohamed Ali at Woking Mosque 1920 Same event as under British Pathe as 'The Problem of Turkey', ID: 208.16.
BGT407101234 Begum of Bhopal at mosque 1925 Same event as under British Pathe as 'The Begum of Bhopal', ID: 426.01.
VS210857059 Memorial service at Shah Jahan Mosque for the late Aga Khan III 1957 Same event as under Movietone as Aga Khan's Tribute, Story Number: 71514A.
BGU502210242 Memorial service for the 3rd Aga Khan 1957 Same event as above.

You can find these clips on the website of ITN Source by searching for them by Reference (or title), and play them.

British Film Institute

26 July 2014

Title
Year
Our comments
Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr (1924) 1924 Correlating this with The Islamic Review for June 1924, this would be the Id-ul-Fitr on Sunday 4th May 1924. Clip shows the prayers. At 53 seconds there is a close up shot of Lord Headley, in conversation with two Indian boys. For the full report, see The Islamic Review for June 1924 at this link (opens a pdf file). The Imam, according to the report, was Khwaja Nazir Ahmad, who was son of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din.

 

 
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