Interior of a mosque

This postcard shows a large number of Muslim devotees praying inside an unidentified mosque. One of the first mosques to be established in Singapore was the Sultan Mosque, known in Malay as ‘Masjid Sultan’, which was built between 1824 and 1826 at a site on what is today Muskat Street. The mosque came under the patronage of Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor, who acquired funds for the project from the East India Company as part of the treaty arrangements that allowed the setting up of a British trading settlement in Singapore. Another early mosque was the Jamae Mosque situated along South Bridge Road, which was built sometime between 1826 and 1827 by the Tamil Muslim Chulia merchant community under the leadership of Anser Sai.