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FT Mosque travelogue (3): Masjid India

Posted by sonofthesun on December 7, 2009

My travelogue wouldn’t have any credibility if I don’t include what is claimed to be the oldest surviving mosque in Kuala Lumpur. This is none other than Masjid India, situated at Jalan Masjid India.

Apparently it was built in 1863 when the place was still known as Kampung Rawa.

I have to admit that I’ve only been inside the mosque once or maybe twice. But I’ve performed Friday prayers there plenty of time, though never seeing the inside of the mosque. On Friday, you can see a strange sight, where people just pray wherever they can around the vicinity. I have friends at the nearby Selangor mansion, and during Friday prayer’s time, what they did was just take the lift downstairs, spread the prayer mat in front of the lift (no kidding!) and pray there, in the middle of shoppers and all! Looking back, I really don’t know whether all those solat counted.

Anyway, the Masjid India is to me personally a beautiful little mosque (little when compared to other major KL mosques). Unfortunately, when the authority build the ugly structure that act as the roof of the hawkers’ stall, they manage to completely spoil the view.

Here are the best 2 images of the mosque from the net – I can’t find 3 good ones. As usual, sources are mentioned.

Image 1

The maroon facade is actually a new look. It was added on in 2002. Notice the ugly protruding roof of the street bazaar.

Image 2

Congregation waiting for prayer time in front of Masjid India


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