As early as 1826, Jamae Mosque has already existed, a testimony to the large number of Tamil Muslims in Chinatown. The present brick and plaster building was completed between 1830 and 1835. It is not a coincidence that the street on which it is located is named ‘Mosque Street’ and this mosque is always referred to as ‘Periya Palli’, which means ‘Big Mosque’ in Tamil.
Within a short period of time, three Islamic heritage buildings were built in the heart of Chinatown; Jamae (Chulia) Mosque, Al-Abrar Mosque and Nagore Darga (located in Telok Ayer Street).
Jamae (Chulia) Mosque became a ‘Waqaf’ mosque in 1917. A Waqaf mosque is one that was constructed by individuals or by committees on land donated by them and placed in trust for the Muslim community, and cannot be used for any other purposes.
In 1968, this Mosque was put under the charge of MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura), the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.
Currently, Jamae Mosque excels as an ‘educational’ Mosque. In addition to facilitating religious activities, prayers and sermons, it organizes seminars and discussions on religious/ social thoughts and beliefs for both Muslims and Non-Muslims.
The Mosque’s architectural style is eclectic. While the entrance gate is distinctively South Indian, the two prayer halls are Neo-Classical style, typical of George Drumgoole Coleman. This unique appearance has made the mosque a well photographed landmark, seen in postcards from the 19th century to the present day.
This Mosque was gazette as a national monument on 29 November 1974, and is believed to be the oldest of the five mosques gazetted as national monuments in Singapore; Jamae Chulia mosque, Al-Abrar mosque, Sultan mosque, Abdul Gafoor Mosque and Hajjah Fathimah Mosque.
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Masjid Jamae Chulia is located in the heart of China Town and hundreds of tourist visits our Masjid every day. The Masjid had appointed a dedicated Dawah Officer to specially entertain non-Muslim visitors to the Masjid. We have a 45 min program to explain on the Masjid History, Introduction on Islam, Demonstration of Ablution, Prayer and instant Q & A session.
Our dedicated Dawah Officer will guide through the tourist and the public everyday. He shows them the areas of Masjid and explains the purpose of Masjid and activities in the Masjid with notes and literatures. This includes Dawah which means Preaching of Islam
Currently, our Masjid excels as an “educational” mosque. In addition to facilitating religious activities, prayers and sermons, it organizes seminars and discussions on religious/social thoughts and beliefs for both muslims and non-muslims.
The Masjid entrance, foyer and the ancillary hall has been given a new look to cater to the learning needs of these visitors. The Islamic Information Gallery was launched in Mar 2006. The Islamic Information Gallery consists of:
Posters on Islam
Posters on pertinent inter faith issues
Take away Brochures on Islam and Mosque History
Posters on Mosque History
Book Gallery - books on Islam to non-muslims
The public/tourist are requested to follow the ethics while entering the Masjid. The public should wear appropriate attire (robe) which covers the aurat (parts of body) while entering the Masjid. Skirts, short pants are not allowed. The robe is placed at the entrance of the Masjid. Please contact our Dawah Officer for assistance.
Saturday - Thursday : 10:00am to 6.00pm
Friday : 10:00am to 12:15pm and 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Nearest MRT: Chinatown DT19 / NE4
South Bridge Road:
Bus No: 61, 80, 145, 166 & 197
Upper Cross Street:
Bus No: 51, 63, 124, 174, 186, 851, 961 & 970