Bali’s first mosque

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Bali's oldest mosque in Klungkung. Source: Jakarta Post 20160630

A feature on the oldest mosque in Bali, believed to be established during the Majapahit period.

Bali's oldest mosque in Klungkung. Source: Jakarta Post 20160630

Bali’s oldest mosque in Klungkung. Source: Jakarta Post 20160630

The earliest mosque on the Island of the Gods
Jakarta Post, 30 June 2016

Rusiah and other local residents believe that their ancestors were a group of 40 courtiers sent by King
Hayam Wuruk from the Majapahit Kingdom and that they were among East Java’s first Muslim converts.

Led by the only woman in the group, Dewi Fatima, the 40 converts formed an entourage for Gelgel’s king, I Ketut Nglisir, following his visit to Majapahit.

Village head Sahidin claims he is the direct descendant of those 40 courtiers, like many others in the village.

“The Gelgel king was invited to visit Majapahit in East Java. For his return journey, Hayam Wuruk ordered 40 Muslims from East Java to escort the king […] When they arrived here, because of their good behavior toward the king and his kingdom, they were invited to stay,” said Sahidin.

King Nglisir then awarded the new Islamic community several hectares of land just 500 meters to the south of his palace in Gelgel.

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200-year-old gravestones found in Kuala Lumpur

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Gravestones found in Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur. Source: The Star: 20160413

200-year-old gravestones were discovered near a historic mosque in Kuala Lumpur, during construction work that is part of a riverside beautification project.

Gravestones found in Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur. Source: The Star: 20160413

Gravestones found in Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur. Source: The Star: 20160413

Rock-solid proof of 200-year-old graves
The Star, 13 April 2016

Gravestones find ‘will not affect construction’
The Star, 04 May 2016

Contractors digging up the vicinity of the century-old Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur for the River of Life (RoL) project stumbled upon several gravestones believed to be from the early 18th century.

So far more than 45 gravestones, mostly granite and a few marble as well as sandstone ones dating back almost 200 years were found buried near the construction site from December 2015 to March this year.

It is learnt that the RoL project conservator had alerted workers who are currently constructing a water fountain at the site to be on the lookout for more artefacts to emerge.

The site where the project is taking shape was a Muslim cemetery two centuries ago.

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