Saturday, 28 June 2014

June Sketchwalk: Whampoa - Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau along Whampoa River

Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau
Daniel Smith Watercolours on Moleskine Folio Watercolour Album - A3

The Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau is sited on a 573 square metres land on Kim Keat Road. It started as a 2 storey building mainly serving as a surau (prayer hall) for the Kebun Limau Muslim community. In 1981, Mrs. Hajjah Rahimabi Ahmad Angullia donated $1.6 million to the building of a new mosque on the site.

A mosque was then built on the existing plot and renamed Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Ahmad Angullia – Kebun Limau in honour of the generosity of Mrs. Hajjah Rahimabi. The two domes on the roof forms skylights that reduce the need for artificial lighting.

I remember hearing its evening calls to prayer as a child: the Sunday ones were especially poignant. That hour marks the end of the weekend and the imminence of Monday the next.

The Whampoa river runs along next to the mosque. What is now part of a series of storm canals in Singapore used to a natural river. It was then made into a canal and later into its current state: a water park that connect various housing estates along its journey to the Marina Barrage.

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