Mosque websites tribute to Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din
The website representing the present-day controllers
of the Woking Mosque, www.shahjahanmosque.org.uk,
has paid the following tribute to Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din in its
Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din was a learned, charismatic
and an inspired leader. He set up residence in the Imams
house, established daily prayers in the mosque and with helpers
brought from India, founded the Muslim Mission Woking to spread
the message of Islam to the people of Great Britain. At home
in India they considered him to be completely foolish, giving
up a lucrative legal practice, to embark on a project that
they were certain was doomed to failure.
One of the things that is impressive about
this early movement, and for this the Khwaja must take the
credit, was the simplicity of the message. It is evident that
this is one of the things that were most influential in persuading
converts to adopt Islam. He preached a message that was free
of cultural baggage, a pure message based on faith and belief
that encompassed the spirit of Islam. He was always positive,
always gentle and always good-natured. It was obvious that
he embodied many of the qualities that believers would expect
in a man of faith: peacefulness, kindness and a quiet certainty,
but failed to witness in the clergy, where dogma and the ecclesiastical
hierarchy were the dominant features.
Within a few years, through the work of Kamal-ud-Din and
his Muslim Mission Islam had established a definite foothold
within England and from this point onwards it grew steadily
in significance. The Woking Mission was a focal point for
meetings of influential Muslims in this country, where they
discussed and planned the future growth and development of
Islam in England, including the establishment of a central
mosque in London.
Reference: History of the Mosque on website of www.shahjahanmosque.org.uk, see: Part 2 and Part 3.