|Masjid Abdul Gaffor|
BackgroundBuilt sometime around 1907, the purpose of Masjid Abdul Gaffoor was to replace Masjid Al-Abrar, a simple wooden structure with a tiled roof.
In 1881, Shaik Abdul Gafoor bin Shaik Hyder, the chief clerk in the law firm Khory & Brydges, became one of the two trustees of the Dunlop Street Mosque wakaf (endowment). Following a deed of assignment dated 14 November that same year, a plot on Dunlop Street was conveyed in trust for the building of a new mosque.
Prior to his death in 1919, Shaik Abdul Gafoor ensured that provisions were made for the completion of the mosque. The mosque was later renamed Abdul Gafoor Mosque in his memory
The Mosque Today
Today, the mosque stuck out like a sore thumb among the shophouses of Dunlop Street. Another thing to add, Dunlop Street is named after Colonel Samuel Dunlop, the Inspector-General of Police in the Straits Settlements Police in 1875.
|The sign outside the mosque reads in Tamil, Arabic and Malay Rumi|
|The row of shophouses right in front of the mosque|
|The mosque's dome|
|The mihrab and minbar|
|The top of the mosque with he sundial.|
|A plaque installed by the NHB.|
A fading plaque outside the mosque installed by the National Heritage Board in 1979 proclaims that the building is to be preserved. I do however wish they would do this on most of the other historic sites.
National Heritage Board - Abdul Gafoor Mosque