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3 Buildings Witness the History of the Spread of Islam in West Jakarta

Holiday Ayo - As a capital city that continues to move and transform with magnificent skyscrapers, Jakarta still has historic buildings full of meaning. Including traces of the spread of Islam in West Jakarta recorded through this row of mosques. Anything?

There are a number of mosques with a history of the spread of Islam in West Jakarta.


1. KH Hasyim Asy'ari Grand Mosque 


Many people think that the Istiqlal Mosque is the first grand mosque in Jakarta, but in fact the Istiqlal Mosque is state property.


The KH Hasyim Asy'ari Grand Mosque is the first grand mosque in Jakarta. The mosque is located in Duri Kosambi, Cengkareng District, West Jakarta City. 


Built on 2.4 hectares of land, the mosque built during Ahok's reign has a capacity of up to 12,500 worshipers. 


Inaugurated on April 15 2017, Adhi Moersid as the architect designed the mosque with a strong Betawi cultural nuance. 


You can see the building has a pointed pyramid roof without a dome, balang tooth ornaments on the building, and balustrades also decorate this mosque. 


Being located in a large location means that this mosque is also often used for various economic activities and has become one of the isolation places for Covid patients during the pandemic. 


2. An-Nawier Jami Mosque 


This mosque is proof that the Arab community was once successful in Batavia. Even though it is located in the Pekojan area, the mosque not only has Arabic architecture, but also has a mix of Middle Eastern, Chinese, European and Javanese styles in its building. 


Founded in 1760 AD, the mosque originally had an area of 500 square meters. Now, the mosque has been expanded to almost 2000 square meters. 


According to the Chairman of the Jami An-Nawier Mosque Management, Ustaz Dikky, the mosque also still maintains the original ablution place in the form of a pool as a witness to the history of ancient Muslims.


“There is also a place for ablution which is a witness to the history of heritage which is already rare in various regions," he said.


Not only as a mosque, there is a 400 square meter building which is used as a waqf house for trading, the proceeds of which are used for the welfare of the mosque.


3. Langgar Tinggi Mosque 


The mosque is an old prayer room building which is still preserved as a cultural heritage today. It is popular with the name Langgar Tinggi because it has 2 floors which are used as a place for worship. 


The mosque was built by Sheikh Said bin Naum as the first Arab Captain in Batavia in 1829. The mosque was the origin of the name Pekojan for the surrounding village. 


The mosque was surrounded by residential areas for a long time after being visited by Indians at that time. The mosque building also absorbs various cultural values from various tribes and ethnicities. 


The pillars in this mosque reflect European culture, the outer supports are absorbed from Chinese culture, and the use of umbrella frame blocks reflects Javanese culture.

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