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.
Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh
10200 Lebuh Acheh
It is possible at enter the Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh grounds, however, do
remember to remove your footwear before you enter the mosque building
Opening hours: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm daily
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