Al-Ansar with its prominent tower minaret is among the first few masjids built under the Phase One of the Mosque Building Fund.
Completed in 1981, the masjid can accommodate up to 3000 people at a time. It is located in the heart of the densely populated Bedok housing estate and the masjid offers madrasah classes. It is also one of the few masjids, which organizes religious classes in Tamil and one of the only two masjids with a full-time welfare officer.
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Another fortress-like mosque
This mosque was built at about the same time as Al-Mutaqqin in Ang Mo Kio. If you take a closer look at the design of the mosque, you might notice some design influences of Turkish mosques.
When I was in school, whenever I was to draw a mosque, I would draw one that looked like Al-Ansar mosque. It became my idea of an archetypal mosque. It is always packed for Friday prayers so do arrive a little earlier to get a good, comfy spot.
I have not been there in the past few years. I'll do so soon and see what improvements have been made since renovations were completed.