Since overseas travelling is still nowhere near in sight, why not bring our family and friends to explore 5 of Singapore’s very own Wakafs.
Let’s start the day with some prata, murtabak and teh tarik over at Victory or Al-Tasneem, shall we?
This stretch of shops from 701-709 North Bridge Road forms Wakaf Raja Siti Kraeng Chanda Pulih. Willed in 1883, Raja Siti was the daughter of rich philanthropist, Hajjah Fatimah. Masjid Hajjah Fatimah, which was named after her mother, is located not far away from this shophouses.
According to the will, net proceeds from this wakaf are distributed to various charities, including Masjid Hajjah Fatimah and other charitable deeds.
After a hearty breakfast and trip around Arab street, head on to 34 Jalan Hj Alias near Sixth Avenue in Bukit Timah area for Zohor to explore Masjid Al-Huda (previously known to the older generation as Masjid Kampung Tempeh)!
Experience praying in one of Singapore’s oldest kampung mosque – built at the turn of the last century – and enjoy this serene space.
But that’s not all there is to the mosque! Located next door is a prestigious semi-detached strata cluster housing development, Alias Villas. Unknown to many, Alias Villas is actually part of a wakaf – Wakaf Al-Huda. The wakaf was willed in 1905 and the development – completed a few years ago –unlocks the value of the wakaf’s asset, which is then channeled to the wakaf’s sole beneficiary, Masjid Al-Huda.
Photo: Warees Investments
Previously, there were only two dilapidated kampong houses on the land that brought minimal returns to the wakaf. Through the Wakaf Revitalisation Scheme (WRS), it now generates a sustainable income stream, allowing the wakaf to utilize and reinvest the value of the land liquidated through the sale proceeds of the development.
Don’t forget to book your slots beforehand if you’re intending to pray jemaah at the mosque for Zohor. Otherwise, you may walk-in during times outside of jemaah prayers.
Remember to bring your own sejadah and prayer items!
Next, we shall head to The Red House at East Coast!
Photo: Warees Investments
Situated just opposite I12 Katong, this wakaf includes six properties – 5 shophouses and the iconic Red House along East Coast Road – bequeathed by Sheriffa Zain Alsharoff Alsagoff. These properties have been redeveloped into an integrated residential-retail-heritage development.
Another interesting fact, Sheriffa Zain is the great-granddaughter of the famous philanthropist, Hajjah Fatimah who built the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah.
Today, the shophouses of the wakaf house various retail establishments, including two boardgame shops, a barber as well as a famous ice-cream place that you could stop by to take a break from a long hot day.
Look out for the heritage panels and write-ups on the pillars along Red House. Read up on its rich history, take a selfie or two and leave a #wakafweekends tag of course!
Afterwards, you can perform your Asar at another wakaf property, Masjid Kassim.
Located near Kembangan MRT station along Changi Road, Wakaf Kassim was willed in 1932 by Ahna Mohamed Kassim Bin Ally Mohammed.
Fancy looking for Islamic books and classes? This wakaf also includes another property joined to the mosque, Wisma Indah.
Net proceeds from this wakaf are being distributed for maintenance and upkeep of Masjid Kassim.
Again, remember to book your slots in advance if you’re intending to jemaah at the mosque for Asar!
Last but not least, end the day with an unwinding stroll along 121 Telok Ayer Street, where you can also grab a quick dinner before heading home.
This shophouse building is part of wakaf Masjid Jamae, indented in 1825.
Home to the famous eateries, this wakaf lies at the heart of Chinatown, just opposite Nagore Dargah, the world’s first Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, which is also part of Wakaf Masjid Jamae. To check the opening hours of the centre, click here.
Net proceeds from assets of Wakaf Jamae are distributed for the upkeep and maintenance of Masjid Jamae (nearby), Masjid Al-Abrar (also along Teluk Ayer Street) and Nagore Dargah. Teluk Ayer Street is one of the oldest streets in Singapore and the presence of these wakaf monuments are testaments to the will of our Muslim forefathers in wanting to preserve their legacy for the benefit of future Singaporeans.
So, there you have it! An exciting wakaf heritage trail fit for family and friends.
If you’re planning to head out this NDP weekend, remember to always wear a mask and maintain both cleanliness and safe physical distancing.
Enjoy the (long) weekend. Majulah Singapura!