Mosques of Telaga Air

Jalan Telaga Air is home two of Butterworth’s prominent mosques – one ancient and the other modern. Masjid Abdul Kadir, also known as Masjid Bagan Tuan Kecil, is said to have been built before the Second World War, while the Masjid Telaga Air was opened very recently in 2012. While each mosque serves as a religious centre for the Muslims of Butterworth, particularly during the communal prayer gatherings on Friday afternoons, many worshippers can also be seen using the space for sojourn, rest and rumination. 
 
In terms of their architectures, the mosques are quite distinct. One is small, nostalgic and modest, while the other is newer, larger and more lavish. Both structures have minarets from where the call of the muezzin is made, and boast impressive interiors that include Middle Eastern glazed tiles and ornate calligraphic decorations.

Masjid Abdul Kadir

A historic mosque that port workers of the past built

Masjid Abdul Kadir

Believed to be about a century old, the peach-coloured mosque with a simple nostalgic appearance lies just ten minutes’ walk from where the shoreline used to be before being reclaimed for the port’s container terminal.

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Masjid Telaga Air

A new Islamic landmark in Butterworth

Masjid Telaga Air

Able to accommodate as many as 1,500 worshippers, the mosque was opened in July 2012, to provide a major landmark and a spacious prayer venue for the large Muslim population of Butterworth.

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