Singapore: Masjid Sultan

Masjid Sultan is the Malay name for the Sultan Mosque in the Kampong Glam district.

Arab Quarter in Singapore 13 Masjid Sultan

The original mosque was constructed from 1824 to 1826 by Sultan Hussain with funds solicited from the East India Company. But it became too small when Singapore became a centre for Islamic commerce, culture and art in the early 1900s.

Arab Quarter in Singapore 11 Masjid Sultan

Arab Quarter in Singapore 12 Masjid Sultan

In 1924, the year of the mosque’s centenary, the trustees approved a plan to erect a new mosque. The old mosque had by then also fallen into a state of disrepair. The new mosque was completed after four years in 1928 – and it still stands today.

That’s me, back in 1994 in the same spot: I’ve changed more than the mosque has!

Arab Quarter 1994 Singapore

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