A Symbol of Tolerance, This Mosque in Mojokerto Has A Used Pulpit Altar

Mojokerto

Baitul Muttaqin Mosque in Kutorejo, Mojokerto, East Java has become a symbol of tolerance between Muslims and Chinese. In fact, since the colonial period.

The symbol of tolerance is on the pulpit. The pulpit of the Baitul Muttaqin Mosque is made from the former altar.

Not only tolerance between religious communities, the mosque on a land area of ​​60 x 20 m is also proof of the solidity of the Chinese ethnicity with Muslims during the Dutch colonial period. Because the land for this mosque is a grant from The Boen Keh family, whose descendants now live in front of Kutorejo Market.

Baitul Muttaqin Mosque in Kutorejo Village/Sub-district at first glance looks normal.  This mosque turned out to be a testament to the solidity of Muslims with ethnic Chinese during the colonial period.Baitul Muttaqin Mosque in Kutorejo Village/Sub-district at first glance looks normal. This mosque turned out to be a testament to the solidity of Muslims with ethnic Chinese during the colonial period. (Enggran Eko Budianto/detikcom)

In addition, there is a concrete dome decorated with calligraphy that is supported by 6 large wooden pillars. The interior is sweeter with a classic chandelier.

“Our spirit is to maintain tolerance between religious believers. Non-Muslims can stop by here to just relax. This mosque is for all Islamic organizations. So, it is not identical with a particular sect or group,” said Kutorejo Youth Leader, Miftahul Jamil (36) to detik.com.

“This mosque is a land grant from a Chinese family. Because at that time the old mosque could no longer accommodate the congregation,” he added.

The village of Kutorejo has been bustling since it became the center of the Koetoredjo Onder District (sub-district) government which was established in 1902. This Onder district is part of the District or Kawedanan Mojosari area. In addition, because of the existence of the Ketanen Sugar Factory, Kutorejo became the center of the economy as well as the government.

The increasing number of people living in Kutorejo, said Jamil, made the need for places of worship also increase. So the Baitul Muttaqin Mosque was built in 1928 or 94 years ago on land given by a Chinese family, The Boen Keh.

“Apart from the relocation of the central government, Kutorejo is also busy because there is a londo market and a sugar factory which is now Kutorejo High School,” he said.

Jamil said the Boen Keh family at that time also donated a pulpit for the preacher of Friday prayers and Eid prayers. The pulpit made of wood, decorated with flower motifs, continues to be used today. However, the roof of the pulpit has been cut off.

“The roof of the pulpit was cut so it wouldn’t become a polemic. The shape of the roof is like a Chinese coffin, there are dragon carvings as well,” he said.

Mojokerto History Observer, Ayuhanafiq, said that the Onder District of Koetoredjo was established because of the transfer of the administrative center of Mojokerto Regency from Madiopuro to Kutorejo Village during the Dutch colonial period. Kutorejo being the center of a sub-district is also inseparable from the existence of the Ketanen Sugar Factory owned by The Boen Keh family. This ethnic Chinese family bought the sugar factory from GC Bohl in 1870.

Baitul Muttaqin Mosque in Kutorejo Village/Sub-district at first glance looks normal.  This mosque turned out to be a testament to the solidity of Muslims with ethnic Chinese during the colonial period.Baitul Muttaqin Mosque in Kutorejo Village/Sub-district at first glance looks normal. This mosque turned out to be a testament to the solidity of Muslims with ethnic Chinese during the colonial period. (Enggran Eko Budianto/detikcom)

At that time, the Koetoredjo District Onder was led by an assistant wedono or sub-district head named Mas Prawiroadinoto. The construction of the Onderan Koetoredjo Mosque which is now called Baitul Muttaqin was held after the construction of the sub-district office.

“There is an interesting story from the construction of the mosque. The Boen Keh family also provided assistance when building it. Not only material assistance, the Chinese family from Kapasan Surabaya also donated the pulpit,” he said.

The preacher’s pulpit made of teak, according to Ayuhanafiq, is not an arbitrary pulpit. Because the pulpit was previously an altar for the family prayer of The Boen Keh. It’s just that the dragon carvings on the right and left of the pulpit have been cut to remove the Chinese impression.

“Now all that’s left is the tail and body. The pulpit is still used today,” he said.

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