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Also known as the Golden Dome Mosque, this religious place of worship was opened in 1963 and stands in all its glory to date. Be it Eid-ul-Fitr or Fateha Doaz Daham, Ramadan or a usual Friday, the Masjid Malabar is thronged by the old and the young, to seek blessings from the Almighty. The architectural splendour also draws in people from near and far who gather here to witness the beauty of this place up close. Pictures don't do justice to this beautiful sanctuary for one fails to see the sheer charm, the serene aura, and the devoted worshippers that encompass this holy place.
Originally descending from Kerala, the Malabar Muslims formed their own community in 1927. In the former days, they dealt primarily with jewellery and textiles, before deciding they needed to set up a mosque for themselves. On 10th April 1956, in a grand ceremony officiated by Tuan Syed Alwi Adnan, the mufti and a representative of the Sultan Ibrahim bin Abu Bakar of Johor, the foundation stone of the mosque was laid. However, the construction came to an end due to lack of money. The community commenced fund-raising projects, and after receiving funds from several people irrespective of their religion, the Malabar Muslim Jama-Ath Mosque was officially declared open on the 24th of January 1963 by Yusof Ishak, the Yang di-Pertuan Negara.
Malabar Mosque has been built upon the gorgeous conventional Islam architectural style, with a glittering golden onion dome topped with a crescent moon and a star. The central tower, octagonal in shape, is connected to its various levels through a series of staircases. Two-storey galleries on its three sides encompass the hall where the devotees bow their heads in prayer, and just beneath them is the room of the Imam along with a sizeable space for study. The frontal facade as well as the interiors, saving a small portion, is ornate with gaudy green, white and azure tiles which only enhance the charm of this spectacular architectural brilliance.
Get on the bus 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 107, 107M, 133, 145, 175, or NR7 and disembark at the bus stop on Victoria Street. The Malabar Mosque lies only a minute away from there.
Alight at the Lavender MRT Station and take the Exit B. It is a six-minute walk from here to the magisterial Malabar Mosque
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