Majestically standing in the historic district of Kampong Glam, Sultan Mosque is one of the most important and beautiful mosques in Singapore. Also called Masjid Sultan, the history of this monument building goes back to 1824. In that year, the mosque was built for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, with the help of a grant from Sir Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
With its bright yellow and green facade and minarets, Abdul Gafoor Mosque is one of Singapore's most important mosques. Originally built in 1859, it exudes immense beauty and grandeur, thus earning the distinction as being one of Singapore's national monuments. However, the mosque is very different from the simple wooden building that the early Indian Muslims of the area put up.
Sitting in a quiet corner with Victoria Street on one side and Jalan Sultan on the other, the magnificent Malabar Muslim Jama-Ath Mosque, or simply the Masjid Malabar, is the only mosque in the multicultural city of Singapore which is under the management of the Malabar Muslim Community.
The Hajjah Fatimah mosque is one of the only three mosques in Singapore to be named after a benefactress. Fatimah was a Malaccan woman who accumulated huge amounts after taking over her deceased husband's business. Being one of the oldest mosques, the Hajjah Fatima Masjid has a reputation for being the first mosque to be named after a woman.
Jamae Masjid or commonly known as Jamae mosque is one among the earliest mosques in Singapore located on the South Bridge road of Chinatown and established in 1826. This masjid is also known as Chulia mosque or Periya Palli (Big Mosque) among the Tamil-Muslim communities of Singapore. The mosque is next to Sri Mariamman Temple at a rather predominant Chinese location.
Sitting in a busy corner of Telok Ayer Street in the Chinatown district of Singapore, the Al-Abrar Mosque, more commonly referred to as the Masjid Al-Abrar, is a quaint little mosque built by early Tamilian immigrants. It used to be a thatched hut when it was first established in 1827, before being replaced with a structure made of bricks between 1850 and 1855.
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Masjid An-Nahdhah is a huge mosque located in Biswa, the heartland of Singapore. The mosque can hold more than 4000 people in it. An-Nahdhah Mosque is said to be a ‘new generation’ mosque built to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the Muslim community. This mosque also provides a platform for other social services.
Al-Iman Mosque was opened for the public on 2 May 2003. This four-storey jewel-shaped mosque can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers. The building not only consists of a mosque, but also a basement car park, 18 classrooms, auditorium for 130 people, a computer room and a lift serving all floors.
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