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Powerd By : NorthPony
Benggali Mosque

 

Benggali Mosque is a mosque located along Leith Street. There was already a mosque on that site going back to the earliest days of the British settlement of George Town. The land was granted by the British East India Company to the sepoys who arrived to serve the British military, as site for their mosque, in 1803.

 

 

The present mosque was built for the Benggali community that migrated to Penang towards the end of the 19th Century, and formed a settlement that extended from Leith Street all the way to Argyll Road. There were mainly agriculturalists who spoke mainly the Urdu language. However, the mosque also used Tamil as the Tamil-speaking population in Penang grew over time.

The Benggali Mosque was built in 1958 and was officiated by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the then Prime Minister of Malaya, on 26 December 2008. The mosque is a charming fusion of Muslim and International architectural styles.

Today, the Bengali mosque is the base of the Tablighi movement, and the main languages used are now Tamil and Malay.

 

 

 

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