Life And Times of Holland Village Mosque…..

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Captain’s log                                                                           Stardate: 76499.7 (Aug 29th, 2013)

When a friend of mine introduced me to this very old mosque which is located in the heart of Holland Village, I became very interested and wanted to plan a visit there. From the photo she had shown, the mosque looks really small. Its still retains its kampong appearance, and sits quietly next to a carpark within this small busy enclave of Holland Village.

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Other than its kampong appearance, my purpose of visiting there is because this mosque wouldn’t be there for long. It will soon cease operations by this end of this year. Named Kampong Holland Mosque and built in the 1970s, it has been operating there for the past 40 years. I did some research about it, and had came across its info from STPROPERTY.

Initially the mosque was marked for redevelopment. But however some time later, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore or MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) had make it clear that it have to make way. It has stated that it has been informed by the Housing Board that the mosque licence, which is temporary would not be extended further after the end of this year. The mosque had been under this scheme since 1991. Each year was made renewable yearly.

There is no actual date yet from MUIS about the closure. So at the present moment, worshippers can still visit the mosque. So earlier on, I was been accompanied by my friend to visit the mosque. She had already visited the place and make good relationships with the people working there.

I was been introduced by one of the religious teachers there who showed me around the mosque. She and few others were teaching some few kids on how to read and write the Jawi.

As showed in the picture, it nestled next to a carpark. Slightly bigger than a five-room flat, it was known to accommodate quite a large group of worshippers during the fasting month. She also explain to me that the mosque will soon ceased its operations and so forth. She also added that this mosque committee did appeal. However it was in vain. According to her, the news of the closure did affect the mosque chairman hard. I mean, who doesn’t. Its like your own house. Your own private space. The feeling is just too sentimental. So many fond memories over the past 40 years, especially during the fasting month. A once in a lifetime every year where the mosque will be accommodate with many welcomes and happiness.

Current plans for the committee now was to join with the committee of the Mujahidin Mosque, which is the nearest mosque. As the mosque were near to its end, programs and other activities that Holland Mosque had conducted were schedule to take place at the Mujahidin Mosque. There will be a dedicated space made for the Kampong Holland Muslim Committee.

I’m surprised by the many antique items that the mosque had kept. Most notably was the radio. Still functioning and for prayers used only. You hardly seen this nowadays. At most you can see them on sale at any Cash Converter stores. Best purchase if you are the type who loves antique stuffs. 

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I thank the religious teacher the tour and hospitality. I feel a great welcome here, like a sense of belonging. 4 months from now, before the mosque cease its operations. The committee could only prepared themselves on what’s going to happen next. Can’t help to say the least, that some things are never meant to be there forever. Or renew. When its got to go, its really got to go. Sad indeed, but in the end, we still have to look forward and worked together to keep connected and bonded like a family.

For myself, I’m glad that I managed to pay a visit to the Holland Mosque. Thanks to my good friend. Also, I hope I be able to meet up with the religious teacher and her colleagues there in the future. 

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