Masjid sultan was built in 1824 by Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with funds solicited from the East India Company as promised by Sir Stamford Raffles. The mosque was ready two years later and named as Mesjid Sultan. This mosque is located at Kampong Glam, this area was also allocated for Malays and other Muslims by Sir Stamford Raffles
The management of the mosque was headed by Alauddin Shah, the Sultan's grandson, until 1879, when he passed the torch in to five community leaders. In 1914, the lease was extended by the government for a further 999 years and a new board of trustees was appointed, with two representatives from each faction of the Muslim community.
By the early 1900s, Singapore had become a centre for Islamic commerce, culture and art. Sultan Mosque soon became too small for this burgeoning community. In 1924, the year of the mosque's centenary, the trustees approved a plan to erect a new mosque. Architect Denis Santry of Swan and Maclaren adopted a Saracenic style, incorporating minarets and balustrades. The mosque was completed after four years in 1928.
Sultan Mosque has stayed essentially unchanged since it was built, with only repairs carried out to the main hall in the 1960s. It was gazetted as a national monument on 8 March 1975.
In 1987, The Government of Singapore approved the application by the Board of Trustees to carry out an extension project for the mosque. The project is to build a three storey annex building on a 1,184 sq. meters land adjoining the mosque. Consequently with the declaration by the government to preserve and conserve the Kampong Glam area as our heritage, the Mosque will invariably undertake a key role. This project is completed in 1993.
MASJID SULTAN has a long history that goes back to 1824 and has passed through many development stages before becoming what it is today.
The Mosque has a prayer hall which can accommodate up to 5000 people in mass prayer.
By deed of trust, it is under a Board of Trustees of 12 members who represent 6 ethnic groups namely Malays, Bugis, Javanese, Arabs, Tamils and Northern Indians.
Later in 2005, the Mosque Management Board was given the mandate by Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) to manage the activities of the mosque with the Board of Trustees being in-charge of the structure and land of the historical mosque.
Various committees of volunteers are set up to be involved in its activities such as the Missionary and Islamic Learning (Ibadah & Dakwah) & Docents, Project ( Ramadan, Maulid Expo, Fund –Raising, Korban, etc), Social Development Uswah(Senior Citizen), Youth Wing (Young Sultan), Poor & Needy, An-Nisaa, Family Development, Intellectual Discussion and Adhoc, Maintenance (Building of the Mosque), Wakaf Committees, Refurbishment Committees, etc.
These committees are supported by Mosque Management Board’s full-time staff.
Zakat / Fidyah
Korban / Aqiqah
The dress code for entering Masjid Sultan is muslim dress. For tourist, sarongs and cloaks are provided at entrance. There is tour also provided. The tour could take as little as 10 minutes, or longer, if you have more time and questions with the docents.
1. Visitors are only allowed to enter via the Main Entrance only (facing Bussorah Street)
2. Must be properly attired. Robes are available at the mosque counter and will be issued on first come first serve basis. Alternatively, you may consider to ensure that your clothes abide by the dress code as follow:
Male : Sleeved Tops & Long Pants
Female : Long-sleeved Tops & Bottoms Down to Ankle
Students : Sleeved Tops & Track Pants
Clothes Must Not be See-through
3. Remove footwear and observe strict cleanliness.
4. To observe respect and maintain silence.
5. Visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Prayer Hall & 2nd Floor Prayer Hall except with the company of mosque official.
6. Photography without flash is allowed. Approval is required for video filming.
7. Keep your belongings with you at all times.
8. In doubt, please approach the staff on duty.
Mondays – Sundays :
9.30 am to 12.00pm
2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Fridays : 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM & 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM
Friday: 2.30 PM to 4.00 PM
Walk-in visits are available at the mosque during these times. Visitors are able to do a walk-in provided they are in less the 50 pax.
Visitors will be guided by Sultan Mosque’s own multi-lingual docents ranging from English, Malay to Japanese and Chinese native speakers. (Docents vary from day to day depending on their duty.)
Nearest MRT Station (About 10 mins walk): Bugis
North Bridge Rd : Bus No: 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 197, 175 & 648
Victoria Street : Bus No: 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 130, 133, 145, 197 & 175
Beach Road : Bus No: 100, 107, 961 & 980