Location: Kampung Bayur, Periuk Jaya Village, Periuk District, Tangerang City, Banten 15131
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Open and close: 24 hours
Thousand Doors Mosque. The name was adopted by houses of worship in Indonesia. One of them is in Malang.
Known as the Tiban Mosque, the mosque with a thousand doors is located on Jalan Anggur, Sananrejo Village, Turen District, Malang Regency, East Java.
That said, the surau with an eccentric architectural style was built by genie soldiers in one night. In 2008, he got excited among tourists because of the news.
However, it is not proven, because the students and congregation built it little by little from 1991. Today, it has nine floors, complete with a wildlife area, a snack shop and a souvenir shop.
Furthermore, there are in Cikebo Village, Parung Mulya Village, Ciampel Kuta Taing District, Karawang Regency. This 4 hectare mosque was built by Sheikh Al-Fakir Madi Hasan Al-Khudratillah Al-Mukhodan Al-Bantani.
The surau has its own philosophical value, namely the 999 doors represent humans and 1 symbolizes Allah SWT.
Then, you can also find it at Padepokan Cibeas, located on the slopes of Mount Cibeas, Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi.
It is called a thousand doors because in addition to having many accesses, part of the wall of the surau itself consists of an arrangement of doors that can be assembled. This is where residents usually hold village meetings or meetings.
Next is in Tangerang, Banten. When viewed from the picture or photo it looks like an old, haunted building. Maybe the impression was caused by the poorly maintained condition of the mosque. How is the actual condition of the house of worship which is called the Thousand Doors Mosque?
A brief History
The Thousand Doors Mosque was founded in 1978 by Sheikh Ami Al-Faqir, a citizen of Arab descent. For his services, the surrounding community highly respected and gave him the title Mahdi Hasan Al-Qudratillah Al Muqoddam.
He, who was one of the students of Sheikh Hami Abas Rawa Bokor, started the construction of the three-story house of worship by making the Ta’lim Council. The beginning before it was made into a mosque, the location was empty land. Even when construction began, it was flooded.
Historically, construction was even carried out spontaneously, without any design drawings. Thus, the end result looks like it combines various architectural styles. It can be seen from the construction of the mosque which is in a baroque style and partly imitates the designs of Mayan and Aztec buildings.
Unlike the general surau, it does not have a dome. There are only elongated tiled wall pillars, similar to a fortress.
Each room is bordered by a wall and a padlocked iron fence. On several doors, ornaments display the symbol 999, symbolizing 99 Asmaul Husna and 9 Walisongo (propagators of Islam in Java).
It relates to the origin of the name of the mosque. Equipped to be a thousand because the number of doors in the building was innumerable.
The surau, which has another name, the Great Mosque of Nurul Yaqin, stands on an area of one hectare. It is divided into two main buildings.
The first construction is shaped like a school building. There are doors and windows lined up stiffly. Some parts of the ceiling looked damaged. Inside there is also no adequate lighting, so visitors have to bring a flashlight to enter it.
You can feel the stuffy and humid atmosphere when you walk in the hallway of the mosque. The condition is getting worse when you arrive in a humid and muddy ablution area.
The second building is brown. At first glance, it looks like an old, neglected fortress, where in some parts the walls are cracked to break.
The entrance to the mosque is always locked so that no guests enter carelessly. At the front there is a five-story tower.
When you peek inside, you will see a fairly short roof and a floor without cement, just dirt. There are calligraphy and painting decorations from all over, such as Jepara, Solo and Aceh on the walls.
Between the doors, there is a hallway that divides and forms several rooms with dimensions of 4 m2, such as a prayer room. Each is given a name, such as Fathul Qorib, Durojatun Nasikin, Tanbihul Qofilin, Fatimah and Safinatul Jannah to Ratu Ayu mosque.
Everything empties into a large, open space like a football field used for congregational prayers.
Turn to one of the basements, where you can find a 99-grain wooden prayer beads 10 cm in diameter. Each item of prayer beads originating from Jepara is inscribed with Asmaul Husna.
When arriving at the room that is often used by Al-Faqir for dhikr, usually the guide will turn off the lights and invite visitors to imagine the moments in a narrow, dark and stuffy grave. Then, he asked them to pray together.
Above the prayer beads there is a large hall which is often used for religious activities and the celebration of Islamic holidays.
Based on information from one of the mosque guards, the place is often visited by tourists from various regions. They came with the intention of simply taking a trip or pilgrimage to the tomb of Sheikh Al-Faqir Mahdi. Pilgrims will come on the great days of Islam or before the fasting month.
There is a unique story about the Nurul Yaqin Mosque. So, while Shaykh Ami Al-Faqir was still alive, visitors had come on pilgrimages. However, the pilgrims did not know that the person they were visiting was an old man welcoming visitors outside.
He actually passed away in 2016. His grave is in the surau complex, close to the men’s prayer room.
In addition, this mosque is often used as a shooting location for religious events during the month of Ramadan, one of which is the Tukul Arwana program.
Route to Location
The address of the Thousand Doors Mosque is in Kampung Bayur, Periuk Jaya Village, Periuk District, Tangerang City, Banten Province Postal Code 15131. Only 12 km from the center of Tangerang City and about 42 km from Jakarta.
To go to the location, visitors can use Jalan Daan Mogot access. From there, please enter Jalan Doktor Sitanala.
When you have passed the Sitanala Leprosy Hospital, turn left to Jalan Jembatan Pintu Ten. After crossing the Cisadane River bridge, turn right onto Jalan Sangego Raya.
Finally, direct the vehicle to Jalan Kedaung Barat-Cisadane until you arrive at your destination. You can also use public transportation, such as public transportation or buses to get to the Nurul Yaqin Mosque.
The mosque is not as grand as other surau in the archipelago, the Tiban Mosque, for example. However, it is worth a visit to travel and deepen your knowledge of Islam.
If you want to go there, it is advisable to go with a guide. Because, inside there are many doors and hallways that are dark and narrow. If you get lost it will be difficult to find the exit.