• Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Cut Meutia Mosque, Dutch Building Functioning as Mosque

Cut Meutia Mosque, Dutch Building Functioning as Mosque

SEAToday.com, Jakarta - One of the historical mosques in Jakarta is the Cut Meutia Mosque. Located at Cut Meutia Street, Central Jakarta, this mosque is a historical heritage mosque from the Dutch colonial era, which used to be the office of an architectural and development office called N.V. de Bouwploeg. It was built in 1912

Before functioning as a mosque, this building was used as a post office, Dutch Railway Ministry office and Japanese Navy Kempeitai office. Then, after Indonesia's independence, this building was used as the Central Jakarta Mayor's Office, the Regional Water Company Office, the Post Office, and the Jakarta Housing Agency Office. 

The building was then switched as a place of worship and designated as a cultural heritage in the Decree of the Governor of Jakarta No. 5184/1987. At that time the Governor of Jakarta was R. Soeprapto. He was the 9th Governor who served from 1982-1987, 

The interior of this mosque is unique with a high ceiling and is box-shaped rather than having a round dome. There is also an antique pulpit that has been used since the mosque was built. Because it was not originally designed as a place of worship, the direction of the Qibla had to be tilted 15 degrees from the side of the building wall.

One of the initiators who suggested that this Dutch building become the Cut Meutia Mosque was General AH Nasution. Nasution formed a mosque youth organization in 1984 to prosper and take care of the needs of the worshipers.

Ramadhan Jazz Festival is one of the routine activities organized by the Cut Meutia Mosque Youth. This activity aims to attract young people to be closer to the mosque and is a da'wah activity wrapped in youth art.

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