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The Foundation Stone of Masjid Jamek

Built into a column near the entrance of Masjid Jamek's main prayer hall is the building's foundation stone, an engraved white marble piece placed by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman on 23 March 1908. Details about the ceremony is available at this link. Thanks to Amir Ashraf from Akademi Jawi Malaysia, we now have a complete transliteration of the inscription.



كڤد 19 صفر 1326 سنة

المسيحي 23 مارچ 1908


تله دمولاءي كاكي تيڠ مسجد اين

دڠن تاڠن يڠمها ملي السلطان علاء الدين

سليمان شاه سي ام جي

سلاڠور دار الإحسان


ماس يڠمليا ايچ سي بيلفيل

بريتيش رسيدين


دان توان ايه بي هابك

انجينير


الله جوا يڠ مڽمڤرناكن


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Kepada 19 Safar 1326 Sanah

al-Masihi 23 March 1908


Telah dimulai kaki tiang masjid ini

dengan tangan Yang Maha Mulia al-Sultan ‘Alā’ al-Dīn

Sulaymān Shāh, C.M.G

Selangor Dār al-Iḥsān


Masa Yang Mulia H.C Belfield

British Residen


Dan Tuan A.B Hubback

Engineer


Allah jua yang Menyempurnakan


Transliteration completed with assistance from Amir Ashraf, Akademi Jawi Malaysia.

(Note one error - AB Hubback was the Architect, not the Engineer)


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A translation was also published in the Malay Mail on 24 March 1908:

'The foundation stone of this Mosque was laid upon the fourteenth day of Safar by the hand of the ruler of the State, Sultan Suleiman bin Almarhum, C.M.G, Dar-ul-Ehsan, at the time when Mr. H.C Belfield was British Resident, Mr. A.B Hubback being the architect. ‘God fulfilleth all’.


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On the other side of the entrance is a new tablet commemorating the renaming of the mosque to Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, after the 4th Ruler of Selangor who reigned from 1857 to 1898. The ceremony was officiated by the present Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj on 23 June 2017.

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