For those of you who are familiar with the Central Escalators to the Mid-levels, you may recall an interesting building near Shelley Street. That building is the Jamia Mosque. The Jamia is a crown jewel of Islamic life in Hong Kong. Originally built in the 1840s, the building we see today was expanded in 1915. Celebrating a centenary this year, the mosque was formally known as the Mohammedan Mosque and Lascar Temple (Lascar being a term for Islamic sailors and other militarymen from the Indian Subcontinent).
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board:
"Charming, pretty and tucked away in the residential hub of the Mid-Levels, Jamia is Hong Kong’s first mosque, which was built during the 1840s and extended in 1915. Also known as Lascar Temple, the mosque is of rectangular shape, with an arched main entrance and Arabic-style arched windows on all sides.
Hong Kong’s growing Muslim community in Hong Kong currently numbers around 220,000, including 30,000 Chinese Muslims. Of the city’s five mosques, the Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre on Nathan Road is the biggest, with a capacity of 3500."
As the Kowloon Mosque on Nathan Road was one of the most popular Sacred Spaces Event this promises to be an excellent addition to our ever expanding list of wonderful buildings in Hong Kong.
This tour will be in English given by the Imam of the Mosque
Since many of you may live nearby, I suggest you go to the Mosque directly. However, everyone is invited to travel to the Mosque via the Escalators starting from the staircase on Queens Road Central.