Prominent Mosques of Penang: The Enclave of George Town

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We begin a series where we take a quick look at these religious centres that are so central to Muslim daily life in the state.

Apart from being important places of worship, mosques function as points of orientation in time and space for Muslims. They are places where social ties, religious learning and akad nikah take place. They are also where Muslims gather during festivals like Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Aidiladha.

Penang has more old, historic mosques than may be immediately obvious to people. Most of them were built by visionary Muslim merchants who were also influential figures in their community. The uniqueness of each of these mosques can be gathered from the diverse ethnicities that frequent them, and from the names each carries, such as Masjid Pakistan, Masjid Benggali and many others. They continue to be especially relevant to the communities they serve.

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