Time Required : 1 - 2 hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Timings : Saturday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM,
Friday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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. As dawn approaches, the air encompassing the locality is filled with the echoes of the morning prayers originating from inside the Al-Abrar Mosque. In spite of being small, the mosque receives many faithful worshippers who come here on a daily basis to offer their prayers to Allah. It is particularly packed with devotees on Fridays, with people flocking in during the midday prayers.
The pristine mosque 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. The magnificent Al-Abrar Mosque is also known by its Tamilian name, Kuchu Palli, meaning 'hut mosque'. The simple structure, built upon Indo-Islamic architectural style, is not as large as its counterparts. It is conveniently aligned with the street grid of the locality and takes up the width of the fronts of only three shophouses. Chinatown used to be the locality of the Chulias, a community of people among the first immigrants of Singapore. This is why the Masjid Al-Abrar also earned the name Masjid Chulia. This name is shared by another mosque - Masjid Jamae, located at South Ridge Road, so make sure not to get confused between the two. On 19th November 1974, this humble abode at the heart of Chinatown was honoured as a National Monument.
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