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Acheen Street Mosque

Acheen Street Mosque




Introduction

This well-known mosque, also called Masjid Melayu (Malay Mosque), is located on the southern end of George Town, on Lebuh Acheh. A witness to a once glorious past, the Acheh Street Mosque is aesthetically pleasing. Its structure reflects a strong Moorish (northern Indian) architecture, combined with Chinese and classical elements visible in the entrance arch, the small domes on the parapet, classical columns, plaster renderings upon the walls and mehrab. And Egyptian style minarets.

Next to the mosque lay the cemetery of the mosque's original benefactor, Tengku Syed Hussain Al-Aidid and members of his family. The houses surrounding the mosque today is part of the original Muslim settlement of the mid 19th century.

Another interesting mosque in Georgetown area that are open to visitors is the the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

History

The Acheh Street Mosque was built in 1808 on land donated by an Achenese aristocrat, Tengku Syed Hussain Al-Aidid. It all began in 1792 when Tengku Syed Hussain opened a Muslim settlement in the area near Lebuh Acheh. Over the following years, this settlement became the centre of Islamic studies in Pulau Pinang, frequented by traders from the surrounding Malay archipelago, Arab and India.

The mosque was built alongside houses, shops and a Madrasah for Quranic Studies. One of the religious figures of the time was Sheikh Omar Basheer Al-Khalilee, who was succeeded by his son Sheikh Zakaria who later was appointed as the first Mufti of Pulau Pinang and in 1888, Sheikh Yahya, his older brother, was appointed as the first Kadi of Pulau Pinang.

Following the demise of Tengku Hussain in mid 1800's, the Lebuh Acheh Muslim settlement continued to thrive and was at one time referred to as the Second Jeddah, as pilgrims from nearby congregate here before departing to Mecca by sea. Every time the Haj season begins, the Lebuh Acheh area is thronged by pilgrims and their families. However, all this ended with the establishment of the Lembaga Tabung Haji in the 1970s.

People

Although Malay Muslims make up roughly 60% of Malaysia's population, a smaller percent lives in Penang as most of this island's inhabitants are Chinese (roughly 90%). The Malay Muslims in Penang originally hailed from Acheh, Arabia, Java, India as well as Peninsular Malaya, and their diverse cultural backgrounds gave birth to the existence of many different styles of mosque that can be found in Penang today.





How to Reach there:

By Bus
Express buses ply the route from Penang to / from Kuala Lumpur and major cities in the country. Please visit (http://www.plusliner.com/) for more info. The main bus terminal in Penang is located next to the Ferry Terminal.

By Taxi
To get to Penang Island, long distance taxi service can be hired at Weld Quay, Penang. Tel: +604-2625721.

By Plane
Daily flights via Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com, tel:1 300 88 3000 ) and AirAsia (www.airasia.com, tel: 1-300-88 9933) to / from Penang to major cities in Malaysia. Penang's Bayan lepas International Airport is roughly 20km (45-minnute drive) from the Georgetown city centre.

By Rail
You can take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, where it stops at the Penang Railway Station, close to the ferry terminal. For more information, visit www.ktmb.com.my or call their call centre at +603-22671200.

By Boat
Ferries can be boarded at Butterworth, in the mainland portion of Penang. Among Ferry Services available are: Langkawi Ferry Services (Tel: +604-2643088 Ekspress Bahagia (Tel: +604-2636255)

From the Ferry Terminal you can easily get a taxi ride into Georgetown city centre. There are three main bus departure points in Georgetown which are Lebuh Victoria, Lebuh Chulia and Pengkalan Weld. Although the fares around town varies, but are all typically under RM1. Taxis are available everywhere in the town. The typical around town fare is RM5 but it is best to negotiate with the taxi driver before boarding. Trishaws are also an ideal way to negotiate Georgetown's backstreets and it costs around RM1.50 per kilometre. This mosque is located at Lebuh Acheh.

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Near BY:

Penang International Airport-0.3 km
WMKB Airport-8.4 km
Butterworth Airport-8.4 km
Butterworth Railway Station-4.1 km
Weld Quay Bus Terminal-0.6 km
Butterworth Bus Station-3.9 km
Penang Bus Station-8.8 km
Hotel Plaza-0.3 km
Boardway Budget HOtel-0.4 km
Hotel Hong Ping, Penang-0.4 km
The Northam All Suite Hotel-0.4 km
G Hotel-0.4 km
Berjaya Georgetown Hotel-0.4 km
Broadway Budget Hotel-0.5 km
Hotel Noble-0.5 km
Hong Ping Hotel-0.4 km
Ramzan restaurant-0.3 km
Tai Tong Restaurant-0.5 km
Sin Kheng Aun Restaurant-0.4 km
Hai Nan Town Nyonya & Hainanese Restaurant-0.8 km
Hainan Town Chinese Restaurant-0.8 km
Teck Seng Restaurant-0.3 km
Liyaqat Ali Restaurant-0.3 km
Restaurant Kapitan-0.4 km
Famous nasi kandar-0.4 km