Completed in 1921, the jawi inscription on the marble foundation stones read “Build during the reign of DYMMM Paduka Seri Sultan Idris Mursyidul Al-Azam Shah by Orang Kaya-kaya Dato Seri Adika Diraja Wan Muhammad Saleh I.S.O. and his wife, Toh Puan Hajjah Sharifah Rodiah and Encik Mahmud bin Mohd Taib and Haji Muhammad Kassim bin Banjar Jagra.
As one of the oldest mosques in Ipoh, the work of Kampung (Kg) Paloh Mosque began in 1912 by Wan Muhammad Salleh who was the superintendant of Penghulus (village heads) and assistant collector of Land Revenue under Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham, the first Resident General of the Federated Malay States.
Adjoining the mosque is the Madrasah Sharifah, named after its female patron.
The government officer C.M. Yusof was elected the first head of the UMNO Perak Division at a meeting held at the religious school in 1948. The mosque was built during the reign of Sultan Idris Shah (1887-1916), and completed in 1912 by Orang Kaya Kaya Dato’ Seri Adika Raja Wan Muhammad Saleh, I.S.O., his wife Toh Puan Hajjah Sharifar Rodiah, Encik Mahmud bin Mohd. Taib and Tuan Haji Muhammad Kassim bin Banjar Jagra. Masjid Paloh is an old mosque that dates to the early part of the 20th century.
1921; 97 years ago
Jalan Datoh, 31650 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
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According to its foundation stone, the mosque was built in 1912. Among those who have contributed to the building fund were local dignitaries Wan Muhammad Saleh and his wife. The Masjid Paloh has a three storey minaret. The prayer hall is square in shape. Within the compound of the mosque is a Malay cemetery where you can find the mausoleum of Wan Muhammad Saleh.
Even though Masjid Paloh had been recovered, the original architecture still remains the same. The original architecture that remained the same was the five-storey tower and the unique rooftop graveyard. The comprehensive school water as an ablution still remained as the old tradition. It has solid walls and stands on a foundation, and not on stilts.
The solid walls could be attributed to an influence from the colonial architecture which can be seen in Java. In many other aspects, the mosque is also inspired by the traditional forms, including the prayer hall being surrounded with the usual colonnade, and deep niche of the mihrab projecting well outside the wall.
The mosque has two main unit building and one building called Madrasah Sharifah, named after Toh Puan Sharifah who contributed to the building of the school. There was a foundation stone of marble that has jawi written on it. The marble located inside the mosque next to the entrance to the main space of the building.
Masjid Paloh was known as famous old mosque in Ipoh. Historical records shown that Masjid Paloh was built by Orang Kaya-Kaya Dato’ Seri Adika Raja Wan Mohamed Salleh Bin Wan Abu Bakar in 1912. Wan Mohamed Salleh was a Chief Captain and assistant collector of land revenue under Frank Swettenham’s administration. The development of the building was funded by two wealthy men at the time. One of them was Long Kassim. As an appreciation of his services, the mosque’s administration was given to his families to handle until today.
The building now used as tajweed tuition on Tuesday and Thursday. There was a foundation stone of marble that has jawi written on it. The marble located inside the mosque next to the entrance to the main space of the building. According to the Committee Members, there was information on the marble about the pioneer and founder of the Masjid Paloh.
There was graveyard on the compound of the mosque and according to the Tok Siak of the mosque, the graveyards mostly belong to the inheritance of Kampung Paloh’s children. There were also grave of Dato’ Seri Adika Diraja Wan Muhammad Saleh and Dato’ Abdul Wahab bin Dato’ Abdul Aziz’s grave beside him who was a lawyer and also the first Perak’s President.
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