Eid-ul-Fitr at Woking during wartime, 1915

On Friday 13 August, 1915, Imam Maulana Sadr-ud-Din (from Lahore, India) addressed the congregation at the Shah Jahan Mosque, gathered for the Eid Friday sermon. The congregation included three Indian Muslim soldiers of the British Indian Army in the front row.

According to reports of this occasion, forty to fifty Indian Muslim soldiers attended the prayer service in uniform, arriving under the command of Staff Sergeant W. Shepherd. The festival was covered with photographs by the Daily Graphic (London), on 14 August 1915, and the Graphic Newspaper, 20 August 1915.

Eid-ul-Fitr prayer service in the grounds of the Shah Jahan Mosque, 1915</br>(Courtesy of Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam Lahore (UK), the successor of the Woking Muslim Mission.)

Eid-ul-Fitr prayer service in the grounds of the Shah Jahan Mosque, 1915
(Courtesy of Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha‘at Islam Lahore (UK), the successor of the Woking Muslim Mission.)

Click here http://www.wokingmuslim.org/work/id-ul-fitr-1915.htm to read an article by Dr. Zahid Aziz on the Second ‘Id-ul-Fitr at Woking Muslim Mission, 13th August 1915. The event was attended by Muslim soldiers of the British Indian Army, who had come from the Western Front in Europe.

Guide to tracing sources for the Indian Army – click here to download a pdf (PDF)copy
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Part of the Great War: From India to Woking display.

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