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Acheen Street Malay Mosque (Masjid Lebuh Acheh)

Acheen Street Malay Mosque (Masjid Lebuh Acheh)

 

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.

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.

Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh is used by Muslims five times a day, seven days a week.
 

Contact Information

Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh
10200 Lebuh Acheh
Pulau Pinang

Travel Advice

It is possible at enter the Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh grounds, however, do remember to remove your footwear before you enter the mosque building itself.

Opening hours: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily

Admission:  Free

Getting there

Take the Rapid Penang Bus Nos. 10, 103, 301, 302, 308 and 401 to Pitt Street, walk down the road to Cannon Street, and you'd see the Acheen Street Mosque at the end of Medan Cannon. You can also take Rapid Penang Bus Nos. 11, 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204 or 206 to nearby Chulia Street, and then walk to Pitt Street followed by Cannon Street.


 

 
 
 

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