SULAIMANIYAH GREAT MOSQUE, HISTORICAL HERITAGE OF SERDANG SULTANATE
We still can find the historical heritage of Serdang until now in Perbaungan, Serdang Bedagai District, in example Sulaimaniyah Mosque. This mosque used to be near the Sultanate palace of Serdang: Darul Arif palace in Kota Galuh Village. Unfortunately the palace has completely vanished. This mosque is situated in Kota Galuh Village, Perbaungan District on the side of the street. Everybody going from Medan to Tebing Tinggi will pass over this mosque. Every day, the mosque becomes a place for the travelers to take a rest, do prayers while doing the religious tourism to see the mosque left by Serdang Sultanate. Moreover, on Friday prayer, the mosque almost can’t bear the people praying there. According to the historical note written largely on the walls of the mosque, is stated that the Great Mosque Sulaimaniyah was built by Serdang Sultan, Syariful Alamsyah in 1894 as the capital of Sultanate was moved from Rantau Panjang (now it is in Pantai Labu District, Deli Serdang Regency) to the City Palace of Galuh Perbaungan (used to be Serdang).
This mosque has ever been renovated several times with the help of the former President of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, the Governor of North Sumatra (the late) Rizal Nurdin and the General Secretary of Indonesia’s Health Department Dr. Safii Ahmad MPH. The building itself is not too unique, looks like the typical Malay architecture. At a glance, it is not different from the others. But this mosque has its own characteristics. The roof of its terrace is shaped like a pyramid. Inside the mosque, there are four large pillars supporting the building with a luxurious ornamental lamp in the center of its ceiling surrounded by Quran’s verses calligraphy telling about praying. The Malay characteristics can be seen from its yellow MIMBAR with four steps covered with a green mat and on the MIMBAR, there is dome using the symbol of half moon and stars. The ceramics terrace is supported by some small poles with tens of lamps in various sizes surrounding the left and the back terrace. It is also equipped with lavatory and a place for wudhu. The visitors can also see the grave of Serdang Sultan Sulaiman Syariful Alamsyah and his family as well as the important Sultanate officials in front of the mosque. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.
SULAIMANIYAH PANTAI CERMIN MOSQUE
With the same name because it was built by the same person, Sulaimaniyah Great Mosque in Pantai Cermin Kanan Village, Pantai Cermin District, was built in 1901. It means the mosque is 105 years old. This mosque has an impression of a historical old building although there are some parts which have been renovated. With four supporting pillars inside the mosque, there is a ladder toward the upper part of mosque as a place for doing tawajjuh. The outside pillars are unique and appear to be the characteristics of every mosque in Pantai Cermin District. They are round and form a circle until the upper part of the pillar. To see the photographs of this location, please click ‘Sergai in Photos’ content.