Friday, September 26, 2008

The SOAS Mosque 50th Anniversary

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. The SOAS Mosque was officially opened on Friday, September 26th, 1958 (13th Rabiulawal 1378 Hijrah). Now it still stands in all its glory, and after a major face lift to commemorate its golden jubilee, the Mosque looks much more magnificent than ever before, especially at night.

I used to live in the capital when I was a kid at the now-demolished Flat Stoney in Jalan Stoney (behind the RTB building) from the mid 80's up until the mid 90's, and I got to live very close to this magnificent mosque. It only took me about 5 minutes walk from the flat to the mosque during Friday Prayers. So much has changed since then.

By the way, did you know that there was actually a cameo of the SOAS Mosque in the old film Tiga Abdul? (During the introductory part of the city of Isketambola)


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