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Al-Abrar Mosque, Singapore

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Masjid Al-Abrar is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore, and is located along Telok Ayer Street in the Chinatown district within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district. The mosque is also known by two other names - Kuchu Palli and Masjid Chulia. Al-Abrar is its official name, while Kuchu Palli, meaning "hut mosque" in Tamil, is a reflection of the mosque's first modest structure. Its location in Telok Ayer Street, in the heart of Chinatown, was where Chulia immigrants from the Coromandel Coast of South India, among the earliest immigrants to Singapore, settled when they came to Singapore, hence, Masjid Chulia. Note however that another mosque, Masjid Jamae, is also commonly called Masjid Chulia.The building was gazetted as a national monument on 19 November 1974.HistoryThe early Tamil immigrants first established the Masjid Al-Abrar in 1827 with a makeshift thatched hut that they used for worship until it was replaced by a brick building between 1850 and 1855. An 1856 painting by Percy Carpenter, entitled Telok Ayer Street as seen from Mount Wallich, features an early visual record of the brick mosque. In 1829, the congregation of the mosque was granted a 999-year lease for the land on which the mosque stood. The lease was held in trust by Hadjee Puckery Mohamed Khatib. In 1910, five new trustees were appointed. They were K. Mohamed Eusope, Thambyappa Rarooter, S. Kanisah Maricayar, V.M. Kader Bux and J. Sultan Abdul Kader. The trustees were responsible for all three Chulia mosques: Masjid Al-Abrar, Masjid Jamae and Nagore Durgha.
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  • While exploring Singapore Chinatown we came across this interesting mosque nestled between storefronts. You could have walked past it, if not for the fact I read the historical marker on the...  more »
  • 'The original was a wodden thatched hit buiolt in 1927 by Tamil Immigrants from Southern India nd later replaced by the current brick building between 1850 and 1955.Inside is one large prayer room...  more »
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  • This masjid is situated in a great location with many eating spots nearby. It is also a place where those working in offices nearby can come and pray.
  • situated in telok ayar street.be early on Friday for Jummah prayers. since it gets crowded very quick. mostly bayan on Tamil

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