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.

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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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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