It was over 1400 years ago when mosques were established as a place of congregation for Muslims. It is a center for Muslims to practice their acts of worship, engage in intellectual and theological discussions, and a sanctuary to foster spiritual growth in the community.
Mosques were built with simplicity, especially during the times of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. With the available resources they had, such as mud bricks and palm leaves, it wasn’t about luxury designs, but the spirit of the very building that served as a center of civilization and socialization.
Today, mosques worldwide are built to portray Islam’s legacy through its majestic architecture, along with the infusion of a myriad of cultures. From unique domes, minarets, prayer halls, and other amenities let’s look at some of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques.
Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Established in 2008 by the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, the Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal in Malay is one of the most popular attractions in Malaysia.
The mosque features a sleek and modern look with its exterior made of steel, glass, and crystal — the three main materials used to give off its crystal-like effect. To top it all off, its strategic location on the river reflects the illumination of its glass domes and minarets, presenting a stunning view during the day and night.
Masjid Sri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
If you’re looking for a mosque that speaks volumes in design, influence, and architecture, Masjid Sri Sendayan is next on your list.
Many tourists who have come to visit this beautiful mosque have likened it to prominent buildings like the Taj Mahal, Masjid Nabawi, and mosques from the Ottoman Empire. See it for yourself and you’ll understand why it generates so much buzz!
Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam
Did you know that this mosque was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for having the world’s tallest minaret once upon a time?
Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah is known for its majestic blue dome that can be spotted miles away when you enter the bustling city of Shah Alam. It is also known as the Blue Mosque for its navy blue and white dome and minarets. It’s officially the largest mosque in Malaysia!
Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur
If you plan to travel to Malaysia, don’t forget to stop by the busiest urban city of Kuala Lumpur! You’ll surely find Masjid Jamek in the city center filled with markets, residential areas, and thriving businesses.
Masjid Jamek, officially known as Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, was built in 1909 and was recognized as the first mosque constructed in Kuala Lumpur. You’ll notice the Indo-Saracenic style commonly seen in Indian Mughal architecture.
Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur
Speaking of Kuala Lumpur, another mosque you should visit is none other than Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, or the Federal Territory Mosque, located in Jalan Duta.
You will find it is the perfect amalgamation of the two styles: Malay and Ottoman, with a light turquoise-colored dome and a stunning grand entrance guaranteed to leave tourists in awe.
Masjid Cina, Melaka
This is yet another one of Malaysia’s unique treasures! At first glance, you might think it’s a temple, but it is in fact a functioning mosque, heavily influenced by Chinese design.
What makes this worth visiting is its purpose beyond a place of worship for Muslims. The mosque is fully equipped with a library, multi-purpose hall, offices, koi ponds, and even a restaurant.
Masjid Ubudiah, Perak
If you’re looking for peace of mind in the countryside, you might want to head towards the north. In the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, you will find an impressive-looking mosque, Masjid Ubudiah, designed by the same person who built Kuala Lumpur’s very own Masjid Jamek.
There’s nothing better or more regal looking than a huge golden dome with minarets standing tall and proud.
Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Looking for serenity in the beauty of nature? Sabah is your next visit on the list. The design of Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu is inspired by Masjid Nabawi in Madina.
The mosque houses approximately 12,000 worshippers at a time. It also serves as a care clinic and fish farm in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah.
Masjid Putra, Putrajaya
If this mosque could be described in one word, it would be “elegant.” The design of Masjid Putra has nine domes. It’s adorned with rose-tinted granite for extra sophistication.
This mosque is able to cater to a whopping 15,000 faithful at any time, so you can imagine how big and stunningly beautiful this piece of art is. It is also located near the offices of Malaysia’s Prime Minister.
Masjid Negeri Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pahang
If you’re wondering where this mosque gets its name, it’s from the first modern Sultan of Pahang. What’s unique about this establishment is its modern-like design inspired by space. The structure features a huge dome and a rocket-like minaret.
However, the mosque suffered from leaking and permanent damage. It was demolished in 1992 and replaced with a more suitable design commonly seen in most mosques.
Which one is your favorite mosque? Hit us up on social media at @muslimgirl on Instagram and Twitter. If traveling to Malaysia is next on your list, don’t forget to visit one of the mosques we’ve mentioned in this article! Get your cameras ready and snap the perfect picture at these locations soon, InshaAllah!