Masjid Alkaff Upper Serangoon
This old generation masjid sited next to Darul Libanat, a girls’ orphanage, was built in 1920 on land that once belonged to the Al-Kaff family. It also used to be neighbours with the old Christian Bidadari Cemetary.
It had undergone several renovations, its most recent being in 1998, in which the prayer hall was extended to accommodate a larger congregation of 2,500 people.
It serves the religious needs of the Muslim residents living in the Potong Pasir area as well as office workers.
Besides daily and Friday prayers, there are religious classes regularly held at the masjid.
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Throughout my years in secondary school and NS, this was the closest mosque to my school and camp. Not exactly a mosque that I would go out of my way to go to as I don't feel much of an attachment to it.
It used to be next to the Christian cemetery and sometimes when you are walking past a sidelane at night to get to the mosque, you would be able to catch a glimpse of the silhouettes of tombstones. It could get a little creepy at night. Of course the cemetery is gone and in the future, housing units would be built.
It didn't escape my noticing that the mosque's architecture is a little like a church at a quick glance. Especially if you didn't notice the minaret. Other than that, I don't really find anything special about it.