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.