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The Jamia Mosque on Shelley Street is the oldest mosque in Hong Kong.
Around the time of the Opium Wars, many British merchant ships berthed in Hong Kong. A lot of merchants and seamen staying in Hong Kong were Muslims. Besides, the colonial government recruited many policemen from India, leading to a growth in the number of Muslims in the city. Most of the Muslims resided in the Central and Sheung Wan districts. In 1849, a stone house was built for Islamic worship. Then in 1915, due to the increasing Muslim population, it was rebuilt as a mosque, with the original minaret retained.
The pale green mosque is situated behind an intricately carved gate. If you look up, you will see the mosque’s iconic minaret with the Islamic new moon and star emblem mounted on its top. In the past, officials of the mosque stood on the minaret to call worshippers to prayer. Next to the mosque is a tenement house that provides shelter for Muslims.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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