Those long hot Singapore afternoons are unforgiving. Like how the oasis is always only a mirage in the desert, the cool blue tiles of the Malabar Mosque drew our attention to rest under its cool shade. Infidel, sinner & non-believer, we were free to wash our faces & cool off & escape Singapore’s blasting midday heat.
The Malabar Mosque’s main prayer hall is located up the stairs above street level which has a very unusual feel compared to buildings with ground level functionality. The hall has an open design to allow air to freely pass thru the hall. A small mosque, its Micky Mouse castle exterior is cute, its interior in contrast is very humble & plain with a more intimate feel than the touristy Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam.
The Malabar coast off western India faces the Arabian Sea where traders from Rome, Persia & even Jerusalem have visited for hundreds of years leaving a little bit of home behind. The people of the Malabar coast have since inherited the customs & religions of these explorers which still endure today along the 1000km stretch of coast. Christians from Damascus, Jews from Jerusalem & Ottoman Muslims all travelled & called the Malabar coast, home.
The pretty blue tiles most certainly have a cooling effect even if its just in my head. Strangely, the geometrical shapes are very calming leading me to consider that it i'snt all just simple decorative ingenuity but maybe a hint of religious sorcery. Thinking back, looking at its blue-aqua tiles on that hot humid Singapore day reminded me of the deep blue waters of the Malabar coast, stretching out as far as the eye can see on a hot Indian day.
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