Balitraveldiary.com – Al-Hikmah Mosque in Denpasar City offers something different and unique from most mosques in general. The mosque building with the Al-Hikmah Mosque in Denpasar City offers something different and unique from most mosques in general. The mosque building with the architectural results of Javanese and Balinese results of Javanese and Balinese acculturation reflects the dialogue between Islam and the local culture.
Al Hikmah Mosque is located on Jalan Soka, Kertalangu, Denpasar City. The building which is decorated with Balinese carvings is very charming. From the front, you can see a stylish entrance gate for a Balinese house made from black sea sand. The side is a black carved wall that forms a fence around the mosque complex.
At the top of the gate, there are carvings of people who are holding prayer beads and dhikr. Similarly, on the opposite wall. All carvings are made directly by native Balinese artists, I Wayan Karim.
Go inside, you will see the doors which are surrounded by Balinese carvings. Carvings are also seen around the main building of the mosque, the dividing door of the room, and the pulpit where the priest is preaching.
When it was built in 1978, this mosque was earthy without any touch of style. Standing on a land area of 500 square meters originating from a grant from the late Abdurrahman, a local businessman.
This mosque was renovated in 1995 with the help of another businessman, Sunarso. He suggested that the mosque architecture adopt the style of the Middle East, Java, and Bali. The reason is a form of acceptance and love of Muslims for local culture.
The result, a building that is not only magnificent but also in harmony with the surrounding environment. This mosque illustrates the willingness of the Balinese Muslim community to blend in with the culture of the surrounding community. Its existence is also a symbol of harmony and the strength of tolerance in Balinese society.
The touch of Islam comes through the selection of carving motifs, such as flowers and leaves that are seen on the wood supporting the building. The shape of the dome roof remains, complementary to the pyramid roof.
The majority of Muslims who use the mosque are migrants from various regions, especially from Java, which numbered 500 households. In the month of Ramadan, every day a breaking fast is held which is open to the public.
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