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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. Today, it shows an eclectic mix of Southern Indian, European as well as Mughal styles in its unique architecture.
The mosque is named after its founder, Sheik Abdul Gafoor, a South Indian lawyer's clerk, who felt the tremendous need to replace the dilapidated Al Abrar Mosque which once stood in the same place. The mosque primarily served as the place for worship for Indian Muslim migrants who settled in the vicinity. The Abdul Gafoor Mosque was renovated to its present form in 1907. When here, be on the lookout for the sundial crowning the main entrance. Each of its 25 rays is decorated with Arabic calligraphy denoting names of 25 prophets.
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