Christians Forget Their History of Violence

Arising from a discussion about whether Muslim Family Law should be incorporated in the British Family Law, on various forums some Christians started attacking the proposal by saying that Sharia is taking over and a takeover by a violent religion like Islam can be prevented. In this brief lecture we show that in one War, that is WW II, Christians killed more people than all the other religions put together over the centuries.



Crash Course: History of Early Islam

This is an interesting video I stumbled upon on Youtube. In just ten minutes (hence the name Crash Course) the host John Green tries to teach you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more..

History of the Berlin Muslim Mission

Hundreds of people recently celebrated the 90th year of our Mosque in Berlin, Germany. Its history is littered with glorious people who put aside their own wants to give everything they could to first build the Mosque and then to maintain it through a war and times of financial hardship. It is now a listed building in German with thousands of people visiting every year.

In this video Inshaal, who is studying German at University, gives us a short re-cap of the long history of the Mosque and the Mission to bring it to life.

Abdullah Quilliam’s missing history


A news item about the renovation and re-opening of a Liverpool Mosque appears on the BBC News website in tribute to the ‘first’ native Englishman to embrace Islam.

We note with regret that generally Muslims who write about the life of this great Muslim omit two important facts, as has been done in the BBC article.

First, that he was actively encouraged and supported by the Promised Messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad sahib. We give below some examples of this co-operation.

In November 1905 a letter from Abdullah Quilliam appears in the Review of Religions regarding exchange of literature.

Learning of the free offer of our journal (i.e. The Review of Religions) to inquirers in Europe, American, Japan and other countries, Sheikh Abdulla Quilliam, Sheikh-ul-Islam of the British Isles, writes to us:

“I enclose you a preliminary list of a few persons who I feel sure would greatly appreciate your offer of supplying your journal free. I only wish that we could offer to do the same with our journals, the Crescent and Islamic World, but unfortunately our funds do not permit, in fact we run both our papers at a loss and we find it most difficult to get subscriptions in for the same. As for contributions to the maintenance of the work here, we do not receive any from abroad and have not done so for many years. I understand that there are people in India who are professing to make collections for the Liverpool Muslim Institute. All I have to say is that such persons are utterly unauthorised by us so to do and that no funds are being remitted to us and have not been for many years now last past.

I am sorry to see that even such a paper in which the whole Muhammadan world should have interest does not pay its expenses. From the vast number of English-knowing Muhammadans in India, one should have expected a circulation of thousands in this country alone. The cause of Islam in England should be the cause of every Muhammadan”

— Review of Religions, November 1905, p. 448.

Advertisements for the papers published by Abdullah Quilliam appeared in Ahmadi newspapers.

In the July 1912 issue of the Review of Religions appeared an article by a Mr Khalid Sheldrake, who was associated with the Liverpool Mosque, which at the end said:

I am very thankful to the Editor of the Review of Religions for so kindly sending me books and pamphlets to lend to enquirers. I think that this paper is doing useful work for Islam, and I thoroughly enjoy its perusal every month. I shall be happy to receive presents of Indian Journals in English on Islamic subjects; as they pass from hand to hand they bring a better knowledge of the ‘Faith which is most excellent’.

In May 1914, The Islamic Review published an article about the Liverpool Muslim Movement.

Abdullah Quilliam had to leave England and with his departure the Liverpool Movement came to an end but upon his return he joined the Woking Muslim Mission and greatly contributed to its work by writing articles for the Islamic Review and attending meetings.

We hope that in the future this part of this great Muslim’s legacy will not be forgotten.

History of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Mission in Europe

Can’t see the video? Don’t worry you are not alone. We have had to remove the video, at this time, due to copyright issues. The video will be published again once we have further permission to do so.

Dr Gerdien Jonker from Germany took to the podium, during our centenary celebrations, to talk about her life long work in documenting the work of the Ahmadiyya mission in Europe.

Dr Jonker talks about her specific research into our movements work in propagating Islam in Europe and goes into further detail on four incidents that have occurred over the hundred years and looks at their wider impact on Europe.

The History of The Woking Muslim Mission

On Saturday the 4th of May 2013, during the Lahore Ahmadiyya centenary celebrations, Dr Zahid Aziz gives a detailed presentation about ‘The Woking Muslim Mission’.

During his speech he shows five newreel clips which were filmed and broadcast by British Pathe over the years 1920 to 1954.

History of the Woking Muslim Mission (updated)

* the recording is now available above for people who missed the live show.

The first Sunday of the month is upon us, and for us that means we will be broadcasting our monthly meeting live.

Our cameras will be going live at 3pm UK Summertime as usual.

For our October broadcast Dr Zahid Aziz takes to the podium to give us a historical account of the Woking Muslim Mission, and to enlighten us to some sacrifices of our unknown heroes.

To watch all you need to do is click on the link below, and the video will automatically launch when we go live;


The BBC erasing and distorting British Islamic history?

The BCC aired a programme called ‘Great British Islam’ on Wednesday 18th July, with a symposis as follows’

As Ramadan approaches, this documentary tells the little-known story of three English gentlemen who embraced Islam at a time when to be a Muslim was to be seen to be a traitor to your country. Through personal journeys of still surviving relatives, the programme looks at their achievements and how their legacy lives on today

It is available here for the next six days for people in the UK to watch again.

Dr Zahid Aziz noted that It covered the work of three converts: Quilliam, Lord Headley, and Pickthall. It covered their connection with the Woking Mosque and showed their graves at Brookwood. It also had a newsreel film from the Woking Mosque, where he spotted Hazrat Maulana Sadr-ud-Din giving the khutba.

Despite all this, there was no mention whatsoever of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din sahib or the Woking Mission, even while mentioning Lord Headley. Only the mosque was shown.

The programme also gave much prominence to Pickthall’s translation of the Holy Quran, saying that it was the one which showed the West true Islam for the first time, and was an English translation from a Muslim believer for the first time.

The Woking Muslim Mission and its founders were completely erased from history in this programme, even though the Woking Mosque featured extensively in the programme.

[Video] The History of Palestine

Below is a short YouTube video giving the highlights of the history of Palestine.

…The idea was to uproot as many Palestinians as possible. From March 1948 until the end of that year the plan was implemented despite the attempt by some Arab states to oppose it, which failed. Some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled, 531 villages were destroyed and 11 urban neighbourhoods demolished…

Forgotten History: The Muslims who saved the Jews

Stories of Albanian Muslims who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust are the focus of a campaign for better interfaith relations.

Run by the Exploring Islam Foundation, Missing Pages was launched at the House of Lords in the week of Holocaust Memorial Day. The campaign features an exhibition of photography by Norman Gershman featuring Muslims who protected Jews.
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