This morning I visited and prayed with second of five congregations which are being performed at Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking. During these challenging times and observing restrictions, the mosque committee and the volunteers have been extremely well organised in controlling of the visitors. Muslims all around the UK are to start celebrating Eid ul-Adha, the most important of Islam’s annual holidays. With approximately 4 million Muslims living in the United Kingdom, many people across the country are expected to take part in the Islamic celebrations. For my friends and colleagues and those of us who are not familiar with Islamic religious practices may be asking ourselves, what exactly is Eid ul-Adha? And how is it celebrated? The name of the holiday ‘Eid ul-Adha’ means ‘the celebration of the sacrifice’. This name refers to a tale of sacrifice mentioned in the Quran, in which God asks the Prophet Ibrahim in a dream to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as a test of his faith. Those familiar with Christianity will notice parallels between this story and that of Abraham and his son Isaac found in the bible, called the ‘binding of Isaac’. The Quaran explains that at first, Ibrahim ignored the dream, but after it had reoccurred for several nights in a row he decided to follow God’s orders to prove his faith. As he tried to decide his course of action, Muslim’s believe that the devil had tried to convince him not to kill his son. In response, Ibrahim threw rocks at him. This is considered a significant act and one that is now copied by pilgrims at Hajj who throw stones at pillars. As Ibrahim began to carry out God's command, God swapped his son for a goat, which Ibrahim was allowed to sacrifice instead. Hence why Eid Ul Adha means “celebration of Sacrfice” The Imam Hashmi performed the prayers this morning and it remains me on behalf of all wish everyone Eid Ul-Adha Mubarak, peace to all and we prayer for wellbeing all mankind. #EidUlAdha #shahjahanmosque #woking
- Jul 22
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Updated: Jul 23
I along with Lord Lieutenant Michael-More Molyneux, my Police Cadet Fin Wells, Mayor of Woking Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Zafar Iqbal - Woking borough Community Engagement officer, and the representatives of Air Force along with Hafiz Akram, had the honour and pleasure to lay the annual wreath at the Muslim Peace Garden to recognise the contribution made by the Armed services in WW1 and WW2, in particular the Commonwealth soldiers.
The 27 Silver Birch trees that were planted at the Peace Garden represent the 27 Muslims soldiers who were buried there during World War 1 & 2. It's vital that we should no forget all the Allied Forces who sacrificed for our today. We will remember them All.
Photos: Steve Porter
- Jul 10
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I had the pleasure of visiting the Shah Jahan mosque this afternoon for Friday prayers. A real poignant day for all as today was the first Friday prayer held at the mosque in over 100 days.
A huge thank you and congratulations to the mosque committee and volunteers for ensuring that all the congregation who attended complied with all the government legislation, social distancing and also registration on the track and trace system. The signage and labelling around the premises was well displayed and it was well observed by all.
Imam Hashmi delivered a great message and prayer to the entire community along with Woking people of Faith, which includes all faiths, churches, and various places of Worship.
An enormous thank you to Surrey Police and in particular, Woking PC - Tony Charles for his assistance and observation on the Friday Prayers. #shahjahalmosque #surreypolice #surreylive #surreylife #highsheriffofsurrey