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Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr
Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr

Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr 1924

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Feast of Eid-ul-Fitr 1924

1 mins United Kingdom

Proof that Britain's Muslim population was thriving in the 1920s, this film shows the UK's first purpose-built mosque. The Shah Jahan Mosque, on Woking's Oriental Road, was the hub for Britain's Islamic community in the early 20th century. During Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the mosque hosted a huge, eclectic crowd, including women, visiting dignitaries and Christian converts.

In 1924, when this item was shot, Britain was home to an estimated Muslim population of 10,000, including 1000 converts. These converts were typically influential, educated, high-profile individuals such as Lord Rowland George Headley, who campaigned for further mosques to be built in Britain. Today the Woking Mosque remains an important place of worship for the local community and a significant national landmark.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Mosques Muslim community in Great Britain Id Woking

Released

1924

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Topical Film Company

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