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.
Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.
“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”
The above is fantastic news for sites like ours and the Woking Muslim Mission website as we can finally watch and share, at no cost, stunning videos from when the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement ran the Woking Mosque in the UK.
Adeeba looks back at the centenary celebrations held by the UK Jamaat of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement, in May 2013 and ponders on why people in Britain embraced islam with such love and passion back then, and why it is seen as such a hated religion in Britain now.
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.
“Certainly the first house appointed for men is the one at Bakkah, blessed and a guidance for the nations.” (The Holy Quran 3:96)
This was the verse of the Holy Quran upon which it fell open when Hazrat Khwaja Kamal ud Din visited the Shahjehan Mosque in Woking for the first time. He fell to the floor crying and praying that the Mosque at Woking become the first house in the West from where nations find guidance. His prayer was accepted and so far as it remained in the hands of Lahori-Ahmadi Muslims it was so.
Now it is just a beautiful building like the ones found all over the Muslim world.
(Reuters) – The small but enthusiastic group of “progressive” Muslims arrives at a hotel conference room in Pakistan’s capital with the tools they hope will help blunt extremism in the unstable U.S. ally.
The Khudi organisation — self-esteem in Urdu — does not expect the government to tackle the problem of spreading Islamist radicalism.
So it has taken on what seems to be mission impossible — creating a social movement that can reverse the growing tide.
Seconds after using laptop computers, a slide projector, a film documentary and examples from history to highlight the dangers of militancy, Khudi leaders are confronted by hostile university students in the audience. Continue reading →