Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Malabar Mosque - Singapore
Building on the mosque started in 1956 on a corner of a cemetery Sultan Ally Iskander Shah had opened for Muslim Klings. the mosque was completed in 1962 and opened on 24 Jan 1963. As with many historical facts about Singapore, I wonder whether there was an earlier masjid on this site.
However, the now famous blue-white tiling of the mosque is relatively recent - the tiling was only completed in 1995.
Back to Malabar, the southwestern coast of India is called the Malabar Coast and the people there speak Malayalam. On the modern political map, Malabar is on the northern part of the Indian state of Kerala. There are many religions in Malabar: the Syrian Christians of Malabar aka the St Thomas Christians being a notable community.
We went on a short tour of the mosque, going into the upper women’s balcony. Women with short wear had to put on robes given by the mosque.
After, we descended to the basement and ‘sampled’ the food (it was really a meal). The mutton curry was heavenly! Practically melted in my mouth.
Malabar Mosque, known as the Golden Dome Mosque is situated at the corner between Victoria Street and Jalan Sultan.
This is the only Mosque in Singapore which is fully managed by the Malabar Muslim Community.This is the place where all our Malabar Muslims gather during Friday, Aidil Fitri, Aidil Adha or any other major functions. The new outlook of the mosque also attracts people from all corners.
Building this mosque started in the late 50s by the Malabari Community who were headed by the Malabar Muslim Jama-ath (Association that leading all the activities organised in the mosque). Malabar Muslim Jama-ath was established in 1927 and was registered in 1929 and functioned from a shop house at Changi Road. The Malabar Muslim Jama-ath's office shifted to Bussorah Street and finally established at 471, Victoria Street where it is today. After some period the Malabar Muslim Jama-ath with the help of the Malabar Muslims had a plan to build a mosque at Victoria Street. With this plan in mind, a stone laying ceremony was held on 10th April 1956 by the Mufti of Johor, Tuan Syed Alwi Adnan who had represented the Sultan Ibrahim bin Abu Bakar of Johor. Read More