Report of Id-ul-Adha
21st February 1937
Maulana Aftab-ud-Din leads prayer and gives khutba
From The Islamic Review, April 1937
We present below the report relating toId-ul-Adha
at the Woking Mosque on Sunday, 21st February 1937, taken from The
Islamic Review, April 1937 (pp. 122124).
The photograph below also appears in this issue. (See this photo
here in larger
Report of the occasion
EID-UL-AZHA (1355 A.H.)
AT THE SHAH JEHAN MOSQUE, WOKING
By A. A. BAIG.
The festival of Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated at the
Shah Jehan Mosque, Woking, on Sunday, the 21st February.
Owing to the diminutive size of the Mosque, the weather
has always been a matter of anxious consideration to the authorities
on such occasions.
The day being a Sunday, the congregation, as was expected,
was much larger, and numbered nearly 600.
Thanks to the foresight of the authorities, who had
taken every precaution in the matter, the marquees in which the
prayers were held, and the adjoining one in which the lunch was
served, were much larger than those on previous occasions, while
the beautiful thick carpets and warm heaters added more to the comfort
of the guests.
Keeping in view the ever-increasing number of the
Muslim fraternity and the vagaries of the English weather, it seems
necessary that the authorities should take some steps to build a
big hall adjoining the Mosque for such occasions.
The scene was essentially human, in the best sense,
and to one beholding it for the first time, of intense significance.
Muslims from all parts of the world, of every nation and every rank
of life, most of them dressed in their national costumes, including
a fairly large number of European members of the fraternity, some
of whom had travelled from the farthest corners of the country,
were standing shoulder to shoulder giving a true and practical demonstration
of the universality of the Islamic brotherhood in this huge marquee
spread over the lawn with the grass covered with thick carpets.
The prayers were said at 11-30 and were followed by
a sermon from the Imam, Maulvi Aftab-ud-Din Ahmad. After which,
as is the Muslim custom, the congregation wished one another Eid
Mubarak Happy Eid with mutual embraces.
Soon after this the Imam had to proceed to the Mosque
to lead a second Eid prayer, for it was found that a batch of nearly
fifty people had arrived later.
The Imam in his sermon said, Allah be praised
that so many of us have assembled here to-day to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha,
the festival of sacrifices. It is celebrated not only by the scattered
millions of Muslims all over the world, but also, in a centralised
way, at Mecca the one great centre of absolute unity for
humanity in the form of the Hajj, or Pilgrimage.
At the end of the lecture the Imam touched on the
necessity of tabligh in the West through more frequent
discussions with the Jews and the Christians. The Muslims in England
have special advantages for such discussions, and it was their duty
to bring back the peoples of the Book to the religion
of the great Patriarch whose magnanimity the Eid-ul-Azha commemorates.
An appeal to the personality and mission of Abraham was bound to
be most effective in this direction, the Imam further explained.
For this reason we should lose no time in striving to unite the
three branches of Abrahams progeny, the Jews, the Christians
and the Muslims, through the agency of the great faith of Islam.
That will be the only fitting homage to the memory of that great
Patriarch whose attempted sacrifice of his then only son we are
all assembled here to commemorate to-day.
Lunch was served at 1-30 p.m., the arrangements being
admirably carried out by Mr. and Mrs. Tirmizey, Miss Ghani, Miss
Howell and Messrs. S. D. Piracha, Abdur Rahman, Irshad and Riaz
Qadir, together with a band of voluntary workers.
Among those present were His Excellency the Iranian
Minister, His Excellency the Egyptian Charge dAffaires, His
Excellency the Iraqi Minister, His Excellency the Saudi-Arabian
Charge dAffaires, Sir Abdul and Lady Qadir, Major-General
Sir Percival and Lady Wilkins, Madame Khalida Buchanan-Hamilton
(President, the Muslim Society in Great Britain), the Dowager Duchess
of Somerset, Mrs. L. Dudley, Mr. Ismail De Yorke (Chairman, the
Muslim Society in Great Britain), Mrs. De Yorke, Mr. and Mrs. Zaman,
Ameer Arsalan, Count E. Gioja, Afzal-ul-Ulema M. Abdul Haq, Mr.
and Mrs. Said Mohamadi, Dr. and Mrs. Shastri, Mr. Nehra, Rev. Green,
and groups of Muslim students from Cambridge, Oxford and Leeds.