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May 17th, 2013

BBC Documentary on Marmaduke Pickthall

Submitted by Rashid Jahangiri.

BBC Documentary on Marmaduke Pickthall and video of Shah Jehan Mosque (Woking Muslim Misson)

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.

One Response to “BBC Documentary on Marmaduke Pickthall”

  1. May 17th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    From Zahid Aziz:

    Please see also the material about Pickthall indexed on the following link:

    Maulana Abdul Haq Vidyarthi once told me that the AAIIL sent him to Hyderabad Deccan to talk to Pickthall about a statement he had made about the Ahmadiyya Movement. The Maulana related that Pickthall used to give the Azan and then start praying by himself because the born-Muslims of the area were so uninterested in saying prayers that they couldn't be bothered to join him!

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