Photo: The interior of Hajjah Fatimah Mosque.

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque

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Unusually named after a woman, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque is an interesting small historical mosque in Kampong Glam, the Malay heritage area of Singapore.


Hajjah Fatimah binte Sulaiman (around 1754-1852) was a wealthy Malay businesswoman from Melaka married to a Bugis prince. Widowed at a young age, she successfully took over her husband’s business. In the late 1830s, after her house was robbed several times and then burnt, in gratitude to Allah for her escaping unharmed she donated land and funds (and her name) for the mosque. Hajjah Fatimah’s philanthropy also included several houses for the destitute. She was acclaimed for her contributions to female empowerment in Singapore, and in 2005 added to Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame.

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque Photo taken in or around Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Downtown Singapore, Singapore by Sally Arnold.

Hajjah Fatimah Mosque Photo: Sally Arnold

Thought to have been completed in 1846 by British colonial surveyor and architect John Turnbull Thomson (who also developed infrastructure in New Zealand), the mosque is a mix of Eastern and Western styles. The prayer hall was refurbished in the1930s by local architects Chung and Wong using a French contractor, Bossard Mopin, and Malay craftsmen. During this phase, a typical onion-shaped dome was added, contrasting with the existing unusual and distinctive tiered eight sided minaret, which has been likened to a church spire, although it’s probably more influenced by the Portuguese design of Melakan mosques. The interior includes Malay and ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
4001 Beach Rd (Lavender, Nicholl Highway and Bugis MRT stations are the closest), Singapore
Daily 09:00-21:00

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