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5 Mosques to explore this Good Friday

This long weekend is THE time to catch up with overdue sleep and drama (like finally!).

But for all you adventure-seeking souls, how about exploring some of the hidden gems in Singapore? (At the same time get more breathing space during Friday prayers.)

Here are 5 less-visited mosques you may or may not know about:

1. Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang (27-B Jalan Mempurong)

Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang
Photo by @nooriskandar

When the mosque was completed in early 1960s, it was named after the village it was located in – Masjid Kampung Tengah. Today, it is one of the very few remaining kampung mosques in urban Singapore.

Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang - 2
Photo by @nooriskandar

Later when the area along the coast was populated by the Malay community, it was thus known as the Malay Settlement or ‘Petempatan Melayu Sembawang’, the mosque was later renamed Masjid Petempatan Malayu Sembawang, taking reference to the settlement.

If you haven’t heard yet, the mosque is also known for the rubber tree that just couldn’t be chopped off during phases of its renovation (insert chills).

2. Masjid Al-Huda (34 Jalan Haji Alias)

Masjid Al-Huda
Photo by @nooriskandar

Built in 1966, the masjid formerly known as Masjid Kampung Tempe used to serve those living near Sixth Avenue.

Masjid Al-Huda - 2
Photo by @nooriskandar

With resettlement, it now serves the workers and residents of Bukit Timah area too. The serene and homely mosque was renovated just a few years back and is now fitted with super cool air-con and can accommodate up to 400 people. It’s also located just beside a wakaf residence building, Alias Villas.

3. Masjid Omar Salmah (441-B Jalan Mashhor)


Photo by @nooriskandar

This is a personal favourite kampung mosque located in central Singapore and built in 1973. Fun fact, the mosque was named after the grandparents of then consulate of Saudi Arabia who financed the mosque – Omar and Salmah. And the only mosque with a bird sanctuary in its compounds!

Masjid Omar Salmah
Photo by @nooriskandar

It’s a short drive up to the mosque (you can try walking too for a more adventurous-rocky-sweat-producing trail), but the journey will be worth it. You’ll pass by lots of nature and horse stables; it feels as if you’re somewhere in Malaysia.

4. Masjid Moulana Mohamad Ali (80 Raffles Place #B1-01 UOB Plaza)

Masjid Moulana Mohamad Ali
Photo by @nooriskandar

This underground mosque is sited at the basement of an office building right smack in the Central Business District. It was built as part of the UOB Plaza and a contrast to the hustle and bustle above. Usually packed during a working day, the mosque is pretty bare during public holidays.

Masjid Moulana Mohamad Ali

Masjid Moulana Mohamad Ali
Photos by @nooriskandar

One of the perks of this mosque is the masyaAllah aircon that we love especially on a hot sunny day. Though it looks small, this mosque can accommodate up to 800 jemaah.

5. Masjid Haji Muhammad Salleh (37 Palmer Road)


Photo by Haniff Mustafa

Also within the Central Business District sits Masjid Haji Muhammad Salleh. The mosque is flanked on its left by the elevated Marina Coastal Expressway and Mount Palmer to its right, on which sit two important shrines (maqam) of Habib Noh and Habib Abdul Rahman.

Masjid Hj Muhd Salleh (Palmer)Photo by @amnshm

The mosque was built by Haji Muhammad Salleh who was a merchant from Batavia, now known as Jakarta, for his good friend, Habib Noh. Sadly, Habib Noh passed away before his wish was fulfilled.

Super love mosque adventures. Such a beauty aren’t they?
If you have stories (and esp beautiful photos) of your adventures, do share it with us!

-U

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