Friday, 7 March 2014

Site 14: Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau, 76 Kim Keat Road

Question(s): What is the history of this mosque? Who was the benefactor of the mosque? Can you find out more about Kebun Limau and Rayman Estate?

We wonder if Wayne filled his bottle at the previously mentioned kiosk

Plate at the front of the mosque
Directory of the mosque

A beautiful day at the mosque

The mosque used to be a simple 2-storey building with a prayer hall on the second level which was known as Masjid Kebun Limau. However, due to the growth of the Malay population, there was a need  to expand the surau (place of worship).

This was where Mrs Hajjah Rahimabi Ahmad Angullia made her name. She was the benefactor of the mosque as she donated $1.6 million for the building of the mosque in memory of her daughter who passed away in 1976. Thus the mosque is also renamed as Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Ahmad Angullia - Kebun Limau in honour of her generosity.  

Rayman Estate used to be around the place where the current Whompa Drive sits. There also used to be a Rayman Avenue and Rayman Estate which was named after Lazarus Rayman, a Legislative Council member of the Straits Settlements. However, all these areas were cleared away to make way for the Central Expressway (CTE).

Jalan Kebun Limau is the only remains of Kebun Limau, which is an area consisting of Balestier Road, Boon Teck Road, Jalan Ampas, Kim Keat Road, Kim Keat Avenue, Jalan Tenteram, Whompa Road, Lorong Limau, Rayman Avenue, Towner Road, St. George's Road and MacNair Road.

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