A mosque which was originally only a storey high, Masjid Kassim or Kassim Mosque is built on a piece of wakaf land which currently stands at Changi Road and has been around since the early 1920s.
Back then, the mosque could only accomodate around 700 worshippers.
Wakaf Kassim consists of its mosque, the surrounding residential areas and a burial ground in Siglap Road.
It was developed for the maintenance of the Kassim Mosque and to ensure that the burial grounds at Siglap were well-kept.
The land was given by Ahna Mohamed Kassim Bin Ally Mohamed back in 1921 and given to 4 trustees when he passed on 31st July 1935.
The 4 trustees were:-
1. Shaik Ahmad Bin Mohamed Basarahil,
2. Haji Hassan Bin Haji Omar,
3. Yacob Bin Mohamed Khan,
4. Abdul Latif Bin Noordin.
In 1954, Sina Mohamed Kassim Bin Sinda Sahib, who was the sole trustee, nominated S.Abdul Gaffor as a trustee. In 1959, Ahna Mohamed Zainal Abidin Bin Ahna Mohamed Kassim, Mansor Bin Ahmad, Dawood Bin Abdul hamid and Abdul Ghani Bin Yahya was nominated by the court to be the trustees for Wakaf Kassim.
From then on, in 1962, Wakaf Kassim was taken over by the Muslim and Hindu Endowment Board.
In the 1990s, Kassim Mosque Committee decided to rebuild a new mosque with an estimated renovation costs of $3.5 million.
The cost of the reconstruction was done by conducting fund raising events,
"Payung" Project, fun-fairs and the like to collect sufficient donations.
With the help of the communities' contribution, the mosque managed to collect a total of $3.7 million within 5 years.
However, the reconstruction cost had increased to a staggering $5.0 million.
With the aid from conducting fund raising events as well as undying support and contribution from the community and congregation, the mosque reconstruction was completed in July 1999.
With that, ends the chapter for the old Kassim Mosque and a new dawn begins.
Today, the three-storey mosque can hold up to 2,000 worshippers and is connected to Wisma Indah Building, which shelters many Islamic institutions.
Besides organizing regular religious classes, courses and activities for our Muslim community, the mosque is also an active and vibrant place for social and development programmes.
Kassim mosque which is only a 5 minitues' walk from Kembangan MRT Station is well known as one of the oldest and one of the most familiar mosques in Singapore.