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From the archives of The Times, London

This website has collected news reports and articles from the online archives of The Times newspaper of London which refer to events relating to the Woking Mosque, activities of the Woking Muslim Mission from the Woking Mosque, and the personalities involved in the work of the mission.

Extracts from the archives are listed below according to the date of publication in The Times. Please click on any date to view the image of the published item.

  • 27 August 1884
    Letter to the Editor about Dr Leitner’s Oriental College.
  • 5 June 1895
    Nasrullah Khan, Crown Prince of Afghanistan, says Id-ul-Adha prayers at Woking Mosque (Wikipedia link to Nasrullah Khan).
  • 25 March 1899
    Obituary of Dr G.W. Leitner.
  • 31 August 1906
    Plan to build mosque in Central London, designed by W.I Chambers, the architect of the Woking Mosque.
  • 4 July 1912
    Will left by Mrs Leitner who died in May 1912.
  • 14 January 1913
    Predecessor of Lord Headley dies in Dublin, and our Lord Headley (his first cousin) inherits the title.
  • 17 November 1913
    Court Circular in which there is an item reporting the acceptance of Islam by Lord Headley. (To learn what is the ‘Court Circular’, read this link at: Wikipedia.)
  • 20 February 1914
    Letter to The Times by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din and Duse Mohamed (of the African Times and Orient) about Christian missionary activity in East Africa.
  • 18 April 1916
    Government makes arrangements for graves of Indian Muslim soldiers who died in hospital in England after serving in the First World War in France and Belgium.
  • 21 April 1916
    Letter in The Times with comments and suggestions regarding the arrangements mentioned above.
  • 6 May 1916
    Further news and comments in connection with the last item.
  • 26 May 1916
    In further connection with the last item.
  • 19 June 1922
    Review of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din’s book India in the Balance.
  • 5 August 1922
    Id-ul-Adha at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din.
  • 10 March 1923
    Protest by Lord Headley at abusive language against Islam by a Church of England clergyman in East Africa.
  • 19 May 1923
    Id-ul-Fitr at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din.
  • 30 August 1923
    Report on Lord Headley’s Pilgrimage to Makkah.
  • 31 August 1923
    Photograph of Lord Headley with the pieces of carpet presented to him by King Hussein during his Pilgrimage visit.
  • 26 October 1923
    Lord Headley addresses a meeting about his Pilgrimage.
  • 5 February 1924
    New ambassador of Egypt (called ‘Minister’ in those days) welcomed at function at Woking Mosque.
  • 14 July 1924
    Id-ul-Adha at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Khwaja Nazir Ahmad.
  • 5 April 1927
    Id-ul-Fitr at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Maulvi Abdul Majid.
  • 27 February 1928
    Nizam (Ruler) of Hyderabad Deccan state donates towards building of mosque in London.
  • 31 May 1928
    Id-ul-Adha at the Woking Mosque.
  • 13 November 1933
    Memorial service for King of Afghanistan.
  • 10 January 1935
    Lord Headley announces project to build London mosque in West Kensington (near Olympia Exhibition Centre).
  • 24 June 1935
    Death of Lord Headley.
  • 26 June 1935
    Funeral of Lord Headley at Woking.
  • 16 July 1935
    Meeting at Savoy Hotel, London, to mourn loss of Lord Headley, presided over by the Aga Khan.
  • 12 December 1935
    Sir Hubert Rankin resigns as President of British Muslim Society because the Society defeats a resolution to cut off connection with the Ahmadiyya Movement.
  • 20 May 1936
    Death of Marmaduke Pickthall.
  • 15 August 1936
    Reception at Afghan embassy. Guests include Lady Headley and Maulana Aftab-ud-Din.
  • 5 June 1937
    Foundation-stone of London Mosque in West Kensington laid
  • 20 February 1939
    Lunch given by Saudi Arabian ambassador in honour of Emir Faisal. Guests include Maulana Aftab-ud-Din.
  • 6 January 1940
    World Congress of faith meetings announced. Speakers to include Imam of the Woking Mosque.
  • 14 November 1940: Report 1 and Report 2
    British government gives gift of land for Central London Mosque to Muslims.
  • 16 August 1947
    Independence of India and Pakistan celebrated in London. Speakers include Dr Abdullah from the Woking Mosque.
  • 24 November 1951
    Memorial meeting for Liaquat Ali Khan, assassinated Prime Minister of Pakistan. Meeting opens with reading from the Quran by Imam of the Woking Mosque, Dr Abdullah.
  • 25 July 1955
    Announcement of a Congress of Muslims living in Britain to be held at the Woking Mosque on Sunday 31 July, the day after Id-ul-Adha on 30 July.
  • 21 May 1956
    Death of Dr S.M. Abdullah.
  • 22 August 1957
    Memorial service for the late Aga Khan at the Woking Mosque.
  • 3 February 1959
    Article Eastern Faith in Britain, mentioning Woking Mosque.
  • 6 June 1960
    Id-ul-Adha at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Maulana S.M. Tufail. Nearly 3000 people attended.
  • 20 March 1961
    Tunku Abdur Rahman attends Id-ul-Fitr at the Woking Mosque, makes speech.
  • 28 January 1963
    Death of Lady Evelyn Cobbold. We have more information about this Lady on our website at this link.
  • 22 March 1967
    Id-ul-Adha at the Woking Mosque, prayers led by Colonel Baines-Hewitt.
  • 19 March 1977
    Obituary of Maulana Abdul Majid.
  • 5 May 1984
    Obituary of Maulana S.M. Tufail.
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the successor of the Woking Muslim Mission.