Located approximately 7 kilometres from Teluk Intan is the Batak Rabit Mosque, believed to be almost two centuries old and certainly having its fair share of history. Strategically situated along the Teluk Intan – Hutan Melintang road, it provides a convenient stop for those wishing to fulfil their religious obligations, what more with it sitting just 30 meters away from the majestic Perak River. In the compound of the mosque fronting the river, there are also gazebos which allows visitors to enjoy the river view where local fishermen moor their sampans, a typical setting along the banks of the Perak River.

The mosque is said to have been built at the orders of the Sultan Abdullah II, and was completed by the Sultan’s Admiral, Tok Tambah. Sultan Abdullah II, the 26th Sultan of Perak was also responsible for the assassination of the British Resident of Perak, J.W.W.Birch as well as the Perak War.

Originally built with high quality hard wood native to the area, the mosque was rebuilt in 1885 adopting the use of bricks and mortar on the orders of Admiral Tok Tambah.

The mosque consists of many pillars which are placed strategically and aesthetically, as well as providing a firm support of the roof, signifying the reliability and capability of the mosque’s designers. Significantly, the structure of the mosque remains that from which was rebuilt in 1885. The tower incorporates a staircase as well as window to allow the ‘Tok Siak’ or caretaker to traverse the height for the calling to prayer.

While the building displays both Malay and European features, the roof typifies that of those found in the Nusantara region with distinct overlapping roofs. There are some historians who believe that the general structure of the Batak Rabit Mosque was shaped after the Demak Mosque. Whereas the tower has a unique shape which differs greatly from those built during the period, such as Kampung Pulau Besar Mosque and the Sayong Mosque, and has no semblance to those found in Melaka which was partly influlenced by the roofs of Pagodas. It is also believed that due to the proximity of the mosque to the river, that this could very well have been the venue of choice for negotiations and meetings of Malay nobles and traders of that period.

Reference

  1. Berita Harian, 19 Julai 2015
  2. Harian Metro, 8 Julai 2016
  3. Laman web Sembangkuala, 15 Julai 2011

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