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Hajjah Fatimah Mosque


4001 Beach Road, Singapore 199584


Hajjah Fatimah Mosque: A Historic Landmark in Singapore

Architecture and History

Unique Architecture: Hajjah Fatimah Mosque is one of Singapore's oldest mosques, known for its distinctive European-style minaret that tilts slightly.
Historical Significance: It bears witness to the once-thriving Muslim communities residing nearby, who made significant contributions to colonial Singapore's economy.

Hajjah Fatimah

The Woman Behind the Name: Commissioned by Hajjah Fatimah in 1845, this mosque is named after a wealthy businesswoman who married a prince-merchant from Celebes (now Sulawesi, Indonesia).
Her Remarkable Story: After her husband's death, Hajjah Fatimah successfully managed the family business and accumulated a considerable fortune.

Construction and Location

Thankfulness Through Construction: In gratitude for her fortunate escape during two burglaries and a house fire, Hajjah Fatimah built the mosque on the current site and rebuilt her house nearby.
Beach Road Connection: The mosque previously stood next to the sea, explaining why the road in front of it is called Beach Road. It catered to the Muslim communities residing in the surrounding kampongs (traditional Malay villages).

Distinctive Features

Architectural Fusion: Hajjah Fatimah Mosque combines Indo-Islamic and European design elements.
The Leaning Minaret: The most notable feature is the octagonal minaret, reminiscent of the Neoclassical steeple of the first Saint Andrew's Church, which still leans slightly.
Golden Dome and Grandeur: A large ogee-shaped dome adorns the main prayer hall, featuring colorful glass panels. The roof is adorned with decorative merlon cresting and miniature cupolas.
Gothic Influence: Lancet-shaped windows, typical of Neo-Gothic architecture, provide excellent ventilation. Enclosed verandahs surround the prayer hall on three sides.

Mausoleum and Cemetery

A Place of Rest: The mosque's mausoleum houses three tombs, including Hajjah Fatimah, her daughter Raja Siti, and her son-in-law Syed Ahmed Alsagoff. Adjacent is a small cemetery reserved for their family members.

Present Day

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque Today: Serving the Faithful

A Hub for Worship: Besides locals residing in the area, nearby office workers also frequent Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, particularly for Friday prayers.
Managed by MUIS: The mosque is currently managed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura, MUIS). Visit their official website for more information.

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