Malay Settlement before Colonial Settlement

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Batu Uban was a Muslim settlement established by 𝘏𝘢𝘫𝘪 𝘔𝘰𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘩, 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘕𝘢𝘬𝘩𝘰𝘥𝘢 𝘕𝘢𝘯 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘯, 𝘢 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘮 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘉𝘶𝘢𝘥𝘪 𝘝𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘺𝘢 𝘒𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘶, 𝘚𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘢. When Nakhoda Nan Intan and his followers arrived at the coastal site, the area was still densely covered in jungle.

Surau Batu Uban. Year unknown. 📷 credit: Buletin Mutiara Facebook.

It was then named Batu Uban (grey hair rock), after a boulder somewhere in the sea between the mosque and Pulau Jerejak,[1] which resembled a man with grey hair.

𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠, it started life as a surau for the Muslim community, before it expanded into a mosque. The current mosque still maintains some of the surau's original structure, such as its four square-shaped tiang seri (central pillars), well, and the ablution area.

Masjid Jamek Batu Uban now.

Penang Hidden Gem wishes our Muslim friends a joyous #Mawlid al-Nabi. May the blessing of the Prophet Muhammad be with you always! #penanghiddenhistoricalgems #penanghiddenhistoricallandamarkgems #penanghiddenpersonalitiesgems

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