Marmaduke Pickthall (7 April 1875 — 19 May 1936) was a Western Islamic scholar, noted for his English translation of the Qur’an. A convert from Christianity, Pickthall was a novelist, esteemed by D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, and E. M. Forster, as well as a journalist, headmaster, and political and religious leader. He declared his conversion to Islam in dramatic fashion after delivering a talk on ‘Islam and Progress’ on November 29, 1917, to the Muslim Literary Society in Notting Hill, West London. He was also involved with the services of the Woking Muslim Mission in the absence of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, its founder.
Although the advertised speech was going to be about the importance of regularly visiting the Centre the topic was changed to The Royal Wedding because it was being televised today. We can learn from the punctuality and the organisation which was displayed in the conduct of the marriage of William and Kate.