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Traces History of the Sultanate of Riau

Written By Kepri Online on Monday, April 4, 2011 | 00:24

Sultan Riau Mosque
For people of Tanjungpinang city and Kepri Province, Penyengat Island has a high historical value heritage of Islamic civilization of the 19th century, precisely at the time of the Sultanate of Riau-Lingga the reign of Sultan Mahmud Shah in 1803 AD.

As an island that has a trace of golden history of the Islamic empire. Penyengat Island is not only a destination of local residents who want to know directly trace the history of his predecessors, but it became a tourist destination of domestic and foreign.

On there are about 17 fascinating historical sites and interesting to know and learn.

One is the Mosque of Sultan Mahmud Shah Sultan Riau relics of 1803 AD, which later renovated by ''Yang Dipertuan Muda Riau VII'' Raja Muda Abdul Rahman in 1832 AD.

Sultan Riau Mosque, own Penyengat initially a bastion of Raja Ali Haji in the war against the Dutch in 1782 AD.

That said, the mosque was built by using chicken egg white. The mosque was built to work together day and night by the people of the Sultanate of Riau-Lingga.

The woman worked nights and men during the day, the foundation of the mosque was completed over seven days and seven nights.

Food for the workers who built the mosque was obtained from public donations from all over the country, including chicken eggs brought in by boat. Chicken egg white is mixed with sand, clay and chalk used to build a mosque wall.

Yang Dipertuan Muda Riau VII Raja Muda Abdul Rahman then ordered his people to find eggs swallows in the Natuna sea caves and Lingga in preparation if chicken eggs run out.

Penyengat Mosque was built covering an area of ​​20x18 meters and is still solid and original. The thickness of the walls of the mosque about 40 centimeters.

Originally the mosque building was painted white, but changed the color of yellow and green, the color of the greatness of the Malay.

Now, Sultan Riau Mosque approximately 207 years old, but still keep some traces the history of high-value, among others, two books of handwritten Quran in 1752 AD and 1867 AD.

Book handwritten Quran in 1752 is the work of Abdullah Al Bugisi. Who's 1867 book of Quran is the work of Abdurrahman Istanbul, Riau's son who schooled to Istanbul by the King and write Quran arriving in Penyengat.

The Quran's Abdurrahman Istanbul handwritting can still be seen in the mosque.

The work was displayed in glass cabinets just in front of the entrance, while the work of Abdullah Al Bugisi not be seen again and be saved because it is damaged and fragile.

Quran Abdullah Al Bugisi handwriting is damaged, writing verses like fire and can not be read again, while the edges of the paper is still intact.

In addition to handwritten Quran, historical relics in the mosque of Demak to a pulpit preacher.

Jepara's pulpit teak wood carvings that still functioned for the Friday prayer preacher and holidays.

Crystal lamp in the 1860's still installed in one part of the dome of the mosque which is a gift from the Kingdom of Pruisia (Germany).

The books are still a lot of yellow also stored in the mosque that almost every day visited by local tourists as well as from Malaysia and Singapore, let alone before the fasting and at widths for worship and see the sites on Penyengat island.

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