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Famously known as the Singapore's Leaning Mosque, this mosque was built in 1846 and named after a rich Malay businesswomen Fatimah. In fact, the site of the mosque used to be her residence whereby twice, it was broken into by robbers and finally set onto fire. Hence, she built a mosque on the site instead.

Hajjah Fatimah was married to a rich Bugis trader from Celebes. However, his rich husband died young and she was left with his business and her only daughter, Raja Siti. Hajjah Fatimah was a smart and business savvy women. She had acquired many vessels and her business grew.

Her daughter married into the Alsagoff family, the rich Arab family and when she retired, her business was then passed over to her son-in-law.

You will still be able to find Hajjah Fatimah's, Raja Siti's and Ahmed Alsagoff's tombs in the mosque compound.

As to why the minaret is a leaning one (6 degrees off centre), it is due to the soil. The site used to be a swampy area and the mosque was built on the reclaimed swamp area, and that probably explains why the minaret is a leaning one.

Address: Along Beach Road
Directions: Beside the Beach Road Food Center (Army Market)

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  • Written Aug 13, 2006
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