Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Toh Puan Besar Hatijah Mosque: Sultan fulfils father’s pledge


BATU GAJAH: SULTAN of Perak Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah yesterday bestowed a Ramadan gift to the people here — the Toh Puan Besar Hatijah mosque, named by his late father, Sultan Azlan Shah, after his mother.

The ruler also officiated the mosque’s multipurpose hall, which was named Raja Baharum Baha’uddin Shah by the former sultan.

The sultan said the mosque was built on a land owned by his grandmother, Toh Puan Besar Hatijah.

“The first mosque was built with wood in the 1930s. It was demolished in the 1970s and replaced with bricks.

“In 2006, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ordered the mosque to be rebuilt and work started on Oct 9, 2008,” he said.

Sultan Azlan Shah spared no efforts in monitoring the mosque’s construction works.

“The Duli Yang Maha Mulia even gave his personal touch to the design, interior decoration and composition of the mosque. He visited the site constantly,” said Sultan Nazrin, adding the mosque opening was the first he had officiated since becoming the 35th Sultan of Perak.

“In his lifetime, Almarhum was involved in various building projects, including the palace, courts, stadiums, education institutions, galleries and homes,” he said.

“The mosque was Almarhum’s final project in which he was directly involved.”

Sultan Nazrin said his father, who was born and bred in Batu Gajah, received his early education here before continuing his education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar and Nottingham University in the United Kingdom.

“No matter how far Almarhum went, he would make it a point to return to Batu Gajah to meet his friends of all races,” said Sultan Nazrin.

The Toh Puan Besar Hatijah mosque, said Sultan Nazrin, was Almarhum’s gift to the people here.

Sultan Nazrin said it was unfortunate that his father, who died on May 28, could not pray at the rebuilt mosque.

“He, however, left a will stating his desire to see the mosque officiated on Ramadan 1435 Hijrah and for the first buka puasa function the sultan has with his subjects must be held at this mosque.”

*Taken from NST Online

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