Spiritual journey has been part of the story of human life since time immemorial, which is done to provide inner calm with spiritual closeness from the person to the creator. In its shade, a house of worship was built to be a gathering place for spiritual explorers and a center for religious activities.
Like the Jami 'Keramat Luar Batang Mosque, which is the center of worship and various religious activities of the community. Not limited to the people of Kampung Luar Batang, but also people from all over who want to go on a religious trip. This includes the tomb of Sayyid Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus, which is often a pilgrimage destination.
Along the way, Masjid Jami 'Keramat Luar Batang has undergone several renovations and revitalizations. Nowadays, during the tenure of the Governor of DKI Jakarta, H. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, Masjid Jami 'Keramat Luar Batang is in the process of renovating and revitalizing the first phase again to warmly welcome the Penapak who are traveling.
The Sacred Mosque of Luar Batang is a mosque that is rich in historical history and deep religious meaning. With roots dating back to 1739 AD, this mosque treads its initial form as a prayer room. Founded on VOC land by a preacher from Hadramaut who came to Batavia in 1736 AD to spread Islam, namely Sayyid Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus. He died in 1756 AD and now his grave is in the mosque with his students.
The Sacred Mosque of Luar Batang has the typical architecture of an old mosque on the island of Java before the 20th century. Namely by having an overlapping roof, and a tower with the moon and stars on it. There is only a tapered roof or a cupola like a Hindu-Javanese building. This mosque has a basic rectangular and square plan that is supported by the original soko-guru and an overlapping roof, giving it the characteristic of an old building and to the north there is the Keputren room.
The mosque building consists of two buildings (old and new) surrounded by a wall with a gate located on the east side, on the front there is a court, on the right side of the court there is a place of ablution. While on the right side of the court there is a kentongan and the left side is a pawestren room. Before entering the main room, there is a foyer. The main room of this mosque is rectangular in which there is a pillar, mihrab and pulpit.
On the left side of the main room there is a room where the graves of Sayyid Husein and Abdul Kadir bin Adam were sacred. In addition, on the west side of the mosque there is the tomb of Al-Habib Husein. His grave is tightly closed with a cupola covered with cloth and is only opened during the month of Maulid and the month of Haul (his death). And on the east side there is the tomb of a loyal companion of Al-Habib Husein who is ethnic Chinese named Nek Bong Seng. His headstone is made of river stone without carvings and records of the year he died.
The tomb of Sayyid Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus is one of the oldest graves in Jakarta, which is to the left of the entrance to the Sacred Mosque of Luar Batang building. The story about the history of Sayyid Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus, he was born in Hadramaut from a simple family as an orphan and entrusted to a "Sufi alim". When he was young, he intended to move to the city of Surat in Gujarat (North India), which was plagued by a plague and drought. But legend says, his arrival brought health and also rain. Because of this, he was offered to become the local ruler, which he refused because he wanted to go to Batavia.
Arriving in Batavia, he mingled with the local community and several years later initiated the construction of the surau. Then over time, many people visited him to learn to pray. One night, a Chinese man came soaking wet. He escaped from detention because he was about to be sentenced to death. When the VOC soldiers arrived to arrest him, Sayyid Husein bin Abubakar Alaydrus said "I will protect this prisoner and become his guarantee". Then the soldier couldn't do anything. Since then, he has become more and more famous and more and more people have started to come to live there. This caused suspicion of the local authorities.
The Sacred Mosque of Luar Batang entrance gate is a part of the infrastructure that has also been standing firmly since time immemorial. Mainly, it serves as a marker for entering the area of the Masjid Jami 'Keramat Luar Batang for the community or pilgrims. The entrance gate in the form of a gate is on the east side of the mosque complex, in the form of a building with a width of 3 m and a height of 5 m. The gate building seems to be divided into two, the bottom and the top. At the bottom there is a semicircular entrance hole with a height of about 2 m.
The Minaret of the Sacred Mosque of Luar Batang is one part of the infrastructure that is still standing firmly from the beginning of the mosque, which was built in 1739. This minaret with a unique shape is located adjacent to the main building which is essentially functioned by the callers for the call to prayer.