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The earliest mosque on the Island of the Gods

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Klungkung, Bali   /   Thu, June 30 2016   /  09:34 am

Stand tall: Bali’s first mosque stands on grounds donated in the 14th century in Gelgel Muslim village in Klungkung, Bali.On the Island of the Gods, among a predominantly Hindu society, a Muslim community has preserved an old religious tradition at a mosque believed to be the oldest in Bali.As sunset neared, there was a flurry of activity surrounding Bali’s oldest mosque in the village of Gelgel.

Women in head scarves and flowing gowns flit like butterflies, gathering delicacies around the food carts minutes before the breaking of the fast at Nurul Huda mosque, believed to be centuries old.

There was a particular buzz of activity that day as the king from Klungkung regency, Ida Dalem Semara Putra, and regency head Nyoman Suwirta were joining in the breaking of the fast at the mosque, in an act of goodwill with local Muslims.

During the fasting month of Ramadhan, ...