180-yr-old shrine in Singapore restored by Indian Muslim community
By Rizwan Khatik - Mon May 30, 5:20 am
President SR Nathan opened the shrine – the Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre – in the Central Business District yesterday, The Straits Times reported.
The restoration project was undertaken by the Indian Muslim community and facilitated by theIslamic Religious Council of Singapore.
The shrine, built in 1827-1830 in memory of Shahul Hameed of Nagore, houses more than 300 heirlooms donated by the local Indian Muslim community. Other donations include a 60-year-old family wedding sari, spatulas and a betel nut container.
Restoration work on the shrine cost SGD 1.3 million. The shrine was historically a point of reverence and thanksgiving for Muslims arriving from India more than century ago.
The shrine was closed since the 1990s as it was in a state of disrepair.