“You may be wondering why I have the music from the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" playing in the background to some of my web pages concerning Chitral, Pakistan.
The answer is that the real person, "Lawrence of Arabia", was once in Chitral.
Several Chitralis have told me the story of how Lawrence of Arabia came to Chitral in 1928, passed himself off as an Arab, led the Friday Jumma prayer at the big mosque in Chitral and that several notable and prominent men prayed behind him.
This caused great embarrassment to those notable and prominent men, when they later found out who Lawrence was and that Lawrence was not a Muslim at all.
When I first heard this story, I did not believe it. 'More typical nonsense and hogwash', I thought.
However, I later found in the history books that Lawrence actually was in Chitral in 1928.
The 1962 movie "Lawrence of Arabia" is widely regarded as the greatest movie ever made. In polls and surveys taken of movie buffs and experts, "Lawrence of Arabia" almost always comes first. "Bridge on the River Kwai" is generally regarded as the second best movie ever made.
Thomas Edward Lawrence was a minor British Intelligence Officer working in the map room in Cairo when, in 1916, he started off on the first of his self appointed adventures. He decided to try to bring about an Arab revolt against the Ottoman Turks. The revolt was eventually successful, the Ottoman Empire fell and Lawrence, who like so many famous people became famous by writing about himself, took full credit for this.
The British were embarrassed by Lawrence's self promotion and he lost his job in the map room in Cairo. In the 1920s, Lawrence wandered over to what was then British India and got himself a job in the map room in Miranshah, 180 miles South of Chitral.
The British officers who gave Lawrence a job in the map room in Miranshah did not know who he was. They had no idea that he was the famous "Lawrence of Arabia".
They soon found out, however. Lawrence was completely fluent in the Arabic language, which is the language used in leading the prayer in every Islamic mosque in the world. As soon as he got time off from work, Lawrence took a side trip to Chitral. As a speaker of Arabic who was able to recite with great fluency the verses of the Koran used in Islamic prayer, Lawrence was quickly nominated to lead the big Friday prayer at the big mosque in Chitral.”
Nobody would have complained about this. All would have been happy, except for one thing: Lawrence was not really a Muslim. He was faking it.
Lawrence did not stay in Chitral long, probably not more than a few days. He went back to his job in Miranshah. However, before long, his superiors in Miranshah found out who he really was. Lawrence was fired from his job, and went back to England
secret marriage of Lawernce.
Even a great scholar like Dr. Israr Ahmed Rahimahullah can make an incorrect observation.
Jew worked as Imam masjid in DI Khan for eighteen years - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUgMO6TYiwM
How about Abdallah bin Saba , Kemal Ataturk [ donmeh ] and many others in the past and at present.?
In Iore Dea (157,2 Hagah) it says:
"If a Jew is able to deceive them [idolaters] by pretending he is a worshipper of the stars, he may do so."(2) [Talmud ]
(2) This text is also found in the Vilna edition of 1873.