Masjid Kampong Siglap
Architects responsible for the design of this masjid have succeeded in preserving the architecture and ambience of a kampung. Originally, a small 80-year-old masjid, the new masjid in the same site was completed in 1992.
It has an approximate capacity of 3000. Besides madrasah classes, it is home to the Tahfiz Al-Quran, which is dedicated to the study of the Al-Quran and exegesis. A Centre of Family Development also provides guidance and courses to enhance family life.
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A Phoenix rising from the ashes
In 2008, a fire started by a kid nearly brought down the whole main prayer hall and the administration offices. I was there at the school just opposite the mosque as the whole drama unfolded. It was a pity considering that the mosque had just completed a major rebuilding effort but the damage has since been repaired and the mosque is back in business.
I spoke to some old-timers there and they remembered the days when the mosque was right next to the sea, the beach being where Marine Parade Road is now. I was also told that the beach was the scene of a massacre perpetrated by the invading Japanese during World War 2.
There is an operating well within the grounds of the mosque and it has been integrated into an ablution-taking area. Water coming out from the taps is cool and it is a very nice treat on a hot day.
The mosque prides itself in being a centre where kids and adults alike learn the Al-Quran. Some are dedicating their lives to memorising the entire tome to their memory and they come from all over the island.
Friday prayers are crowded affairs. With the many schools around the mosques, do come early to find comfortable spots within the main prayer hall.