Newsreel film clips of events and
functions at the Woking Mosque
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. Film clips showing those events are now openly available on various websites, notably YouTube, having been published by the copyright owners.
May 2023: We have produced a video presentation on YouTube, containing several of the clips listed below with contextual information added by us.
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 Pathes website, is provided.
In April 2014 British Pathe made all its newsreels available on YouTube. In th table below, the Title of each clip is a link to that clip on YouTube.
||MOSLEMS END 30 DAY FAST
||With sound. The date of this Id-ul-Fitr was 3 June 1954.
||THE BEGUM OF BHOPAL
||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.
||NEWS IN A NUTSHELL
Subtitled: News in a
Nutshell includes Muslims at a Mosque in Woking, ...
||Only first item on clip is
about Woking. Sound of parts of prayers. Function would be Eid-ul-Fitr, Tuesday 15 December 1936. See The Islamic Review, February 1937.
||THE FESTIVAL OF EID UL AZHA
||Sound of parts of prayers. This would be on Tuesday 6 April 1933. See The Islamic Review, July 1933.
||EMPEROR HAILE SALASSIE
||Silent. Visit of Haille Selassie
to Woking. The day would be 25 August 1936. See The Islamic Review, November-December 1936.
||IN THE NAME OF ALLAH
||FESTIVAL OF EID-UL-FITR
||THE PROBLEM OF TURKEY
||Silent. Famous Indian political
leader and orator Mohamed Ali addressing a meeting at Woking
in support of the Turkish Khilafat cause. Abdullah Quilliam and Maulana Sadr-ud-Din
are also on clip. For further details, see our Quilliam page.
||FEAST OF RAMZAN
||THE FEAST OF SACRIFICE AT WOKING
||Silent, short clip.
||ID AL-ADHA FESTIVAL AT WOKING
||Collection of silent cuts from Eid-el-Adha, 28 June 1958. Imam is Ghulam Rabbani Khan. A report of this gathering appeared in The Light, 8 July 1958. See report at this link.
In the April 2014 release of British Pathe newsreels on YouTube, we have found the following clips in addition.
Movietone was another well-known newsreel film company. Its archive on YouTube has the following three clips:
|Moslem Festival at Woking
||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.
|Moslem ceremony at Woking
||Id-ul-Fitr, 23 October 1941. Muslim soldiers of the British Indian army praying at Woking Mosque. Imam is Maulvi Abdul Majid, who can be heard leading the prayer and delivering the khutba.
|Aga Khan’s Tribute
||Memorial service for the late Aga Khan. The Queen (Elizabeth II of England) was represented by the Earl of Scarborough.
British Film Institute
|Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr, 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 55 seconds there is a close up shot of Lord Headley, in conversation with two Indian boys. Abdullah Quilliam is also in the clip. For further details, see our Quilliam page.
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.
|Moslem Festival at Woking, 1928 — broken link to be updated
|Oriental Atmosphere, 1928 — broken link to be updated