Of late my home village, Kampung Seberang Jerteh, has been receiving a steady stream of publicity for the past one month since the completion of the Masjid Kayu Seberang Jerteh (the Seberang Jerteh Timber Mosque). The timber mosque was built to replace the old mosque which has been there for more than forty years. I believe when the old mosque was built 40 or even 50 years ago the architectural beauty was never taken into consideration that’s why what resulted was just a very basic buiding fitted with a small tower on its roof and on top its tower there was a small dome just to denote that it was a mosque. After all it was strategically located at the T-junction of the main roads to Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Besut.
The old mosque is now gone and it has been replaced by a new and unique timber mosque whose architecture was inspired by the traditional Islamic Malay architecture. It is also adorned with traditional Malay “awang larat” wooden carvings. Something that Besut is famous for thanks to its world famous wooden carver Wan Su and family.
The timber mosque now known as Masjid Kayu Seberang Jerteh was reported to have cost RM12 million and it can accomodate about 800 worshippers. It was built of 80% chengal timber. It was also reported that the timber mosque was the brainchild of Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh who hails from Kampung Seberang Jerteh and was then the Terengganu Menteri Besar. In fact Idris Jusoh’s private house which was also built from timber is just 2km away from this mosque. He is still currently the Jerteh ADUN.
Although the new timber mosque is not fully completed as its large pool and its landscaping work is still being constructed it started to be used last Ramadhan and it held the first Eidulfitri prayer last Tuesday.
The mosque has become a prominent landmark to Kampung Seberang Jerteh in particular and to Besut in general. It is also hoped that the mosque doesn’t only serve as a trourist attraction but more importantly it manages to attract a lot more people by offering various interesting religious programmes that transcends the political and racial boundaries.
Today I managed to capture a couple of shots as I am still at my kampung for Hari Raya holiday. Today’s morning the weather was very fine resulting in nice lighting, deep blue sky and highly contrasty scene.
Do enjoy the pictures.
You can view more pictures of the Masjid Kayu Seberang Jerteh here.