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This is a mosque that stands strong even though it was hit by the Aceh tsunami

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Aceh Besar

One of the buildings that survived the 2004 Aceh tsunami was the Rahmatullah Mosque. This is proof of the greatness of Allah that we can find in Aceh.

Rahmatullah Mosque is located in Lampuuk Village, Lhoknga District, Aceh Besar District, Aceh Province. This mosque was built in 1990 and completed in 1997.

Just like other mosques, it functions as a place of worship for Muslims, especially residents of Lampuuk Village. However, this mosque is in the spotlight because it survived the 30 meter high tsunami in 2004, even though it is located only 500 meters from the shoreline.

Judging from the Disparpora Aceh Besar website, it is said that the mosque was later renovated with assistance funds from the Turkish Red Crescent. Turkey does have historical ties with Aceh. Long ago, Turkey helped Aceh build a formidable marine army. In Aceh there is also a tomb which is believed to belong to a war expert from Turkey.

Rahmatullah Mosque in Aceh Photo: (Syanti / Bali Tourism)

On December 26, 2006, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Ali Sahin, visited Lampu’uk to inaugurate the various facilities built by the Turkish Red Crescent in an event centered on the grounds of the Rahmatullah Mosque.

Some time ago Bali Tourism came to visit Banda Aceh and stopped at the Rahmatullah Mosque. While capturing the building with a camera, gentlemen came over and said hello.

“Mother came here for the first time, huh?”

“Yes sir,”

I want a story. This mosque is the only building that survived in our village during the tsunami. Everything is level to the ground. You can also see the remnants of our tsunami attack on display at the mosque. So that we don’t forget that incident, “ said the father with enthusiasm.

I thanked him and asked for permission to tour the mosque. The father happily invited me and directed me to a building next to the mosque.

“Later you can see the photos there, ma’am,”

“Yes sir. Come on sir,“I went straight to the small building next to the mosque.

Rahmatullah Mosque in AcehRahmatullah Mosque in Aceh Photo: (Syanti / Bali Tourism)
Rahmatullah Mosque in AcehRahmatullah Mosque in Aceh Photo: (Syanti / Bali Tourism)

In this room there are photos of when Lampuuk was destroyed by the tsunami. Dozens of photos were displayed on the walls making it easier for anyone to see.

mosqueThe Rahmatullah Mosque remained standing during the tsunami Photo: (AFP)

Then I entered the mosque. Right from the entrance a glass wall restricts visitors. Behind the walls we can see the cracks and remnants of the 2004 tsunami. There is a board that says ‘DON’T FORGET THE TSUNAMI’ which was propped up against one of the mosque poles.

Some of the damaged parts were deliberately displayed or left on, so that anyone would not forget about the past tsunami. Also, now the mosque has become one of the destinations for religious tourism in Aceh. Many tourists are curious about the mosque that was not affected by the tsunami.

Rahmatullah Mosque in AcehRahmatullah Mosque in Aceh Photo: (Syanti / Bali Tourism)

The mosque is also spacious and cool. The only divider between male and female congregations is a curtain wall that can be pushed. Some people were seen praying the Sunnah.

The mosque is painted white. The walls are dominated by glass. In the priest’s position there is gold calligraphy on the wall. There is also a pulpit and prayer time indicator. The next time you travel to Aceh, stop by this mosque.

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