The new Masjid Yusof Ishak opened its doors to the public in an opening ceremony held last Friday (14 April 2017) which was officiated by Puan Noor Aishah and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Puan Noor Aishah is the widow of the late President Yusof Ishak.
Take a look at the new mosque located in Woodlands, and some of its facilities.
The name of the mosque was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, at the 2014 National Day Rally. Naming the mosque after Mr Yusof Ishak, the Republic’s first president, is one way of paying tribute to his contributions, in line with Singapore’s efforts to remember, celebrate and honor our pioneers.
The architecture of Masjid Yusof Ishak sees the unique blending of traditional mosque characteristics with Nusantara heritage and elements, while keeping in mind the functional requirements.
Distinctive features of a tropical Nusantara house, such as leaves / overhangs, verandah, decorative fixed ventilation panels and beautifully carved balustrades can be clearly observed in the interior design of the mosque.
This is the main prayer hall of the Masjid Yusof Ishak, which is located on Level 2. The prayer hall can accommodate up to about 4,500 worshippers.
The minbar is made of teak for its durability and beauty, incorporating the traditional elements in Malay architecture. The late President Yusof Ishak was fond of orchids, hence the intricately carved orchids on the minbar.
Visitors will be mesmerized by the stained glass feature of the masjid, located on Level 5 by elevator, or even seen by looking up to the ceiling in the main prayer hall. The stained glass pattern design is inspired by geometric art patterns found in the “Nusantara” Batik and Islamic pattern, while the colors inside the pattern represent Islamic and Malay art heritage.
There are also other facilities within the mosque to facilitate community learning and bonding. Seminar rooms will accomodate the aLIVE madrasah as well as other classes and programmes organized by the masjid.
A dedicated working space for visitors to the mosque can also be found on Level 2. With ample electrical ports, visitors will find it a conducive space for project work, mini discussions or even a quiet corner for reading purposes.
An auditorium is also located on Level 5, which can comfortably seat up to 150 guests. It also houses the heritage wall highlighting President Yusof Ishak’s legacy. The permenant wall mural highlights the various traits and key values that the late President stood for, as well as his aspirations and dedication as Singapore’s first Head of State.
To ensure that everyone is able to visit the mosque and make use of its facilities, there are also handicapped-friendly features such as Braille markings for both the elevator and staircases, and spaces allocated for those in wheelchairs.
Masjid Yusof Ishak
10 Woodlands Drive 17
How to get there: From Woodlands Interchange, take Bus 901. Drop opposite Blk 589, and you will see this path ahead, leading to the mosque.
Credit: Photos and text provided by Masjid Yusof Ishak.