Juma’ani visits state’s oldest mosque

Juma'ani (second left), accompanied by Dr Annuar (third left), visits Al-Qadim Mosque.

SIBU: The Chief Minister’s wife, Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang on Sunday (Oct 4) visited Al-Qadim Mosque at Kampung Nyabor Sibu here.

She was accompanied by Assistant Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research and Nangka assemblyman, Dr Annuar Rapaee. 

“On behalf of the Muslims here and Sibu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakis), we thank Datuk Amar Juma’ani for her visit to see the development of the restoration project of the mosque here.

“Al-Qadim Mosque was built in 1861. It is the oldest mosque in the state and oldest building in Sibu,” he said.

Juma’ani was briefed by the management of the mosque on the restoration project and history of the mosque.

The mosque now has a new minaret. The new 9-m structure was erected in the compound of the 180-year-old mosque recently, with the help of a crane.

The old minaret was demolished about 80 years ago to pave way for development.

The local Muslims have requested for the minaret to be rebuilt.

The minaret project was part of restoration works on Masjid Al-Qadim.

The mosque has been gazetted by the state government as a heritage building.

Today, the mosque is part of the Sibu Heritage Trail of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC). 

Historically, the mosque was built before the White Rajah era – probably in 1891s. The ‘belian’ (ironwood) was extensively used during its construction then and the mosque had thatched roof.

Today, the mosque is part of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC)’s ‘Sibu Heritage Trail’.