This story was first published on May 11, 2021, and updated on March 31, 2022.
Ramadan will begin on April 3 this year and it also signifies the beginning of a full month of holy fasting for the Muslim community.
During Ramadan, able-bodied Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk daily. This is a requirement in the Islam religion as it is an act of devotion and dedication to God.
During the holy month, Muslims will also typically spend an increased amount of time praying at mosques. They will continue to recite the five daily prayers that they typically do but will also have a special prayer (called the Tarawih prayer) which they will recite at night.
On the 27th day of Ramadan, Muslims will observe a special night called Layat al-Qadr which is also referred to as the Night of Power. It is believed that on this night, Muhammad first received the Holy Quran.
With the country loosening Covid-19 restrictions on March 29, more people will now be able to physically visit mosques, something that was heavily restricted for the last two years. As we do, we can certainly take time to admire some of Singapore’s grandest and most beautiful mosques. Below, we list some of our country’s most breathtaking mosques.
1. Masjid Hajjah Fatimah
The Hajjah Fatimah Mosque is a mosque located along Beach Road in the Kampong Glam district. The building of the mosque was started by Hajjah Fatima who was originally from a wealthy Malaccan family.
The mosque itself contains a prayer hall, a mausoleum, the quarters for an Imam, an ablution area, several annexes and a garden. The building is unique because of its European design that directly contrasts the Islamic dome above the prayer hall.
However, what makes the mosque truly special is that it leans about six degrees off centre due to moisture seepage, the shifting of bricks used in the construction of the tower and the sandy soil on which it sits. It lends character and charm to the building that is not seen in any other mosque in Singapore.