National Mosque of Malaysia
Situated in the middle of a 53,000 square metre gardens right in the centre of Kuala Lumpur is the National Mosque of Malaysia. With a capacity of 16,000 people, this mosque is made for masses. Built in 1965 and later renovated in 1987, the mosque is bold and a true beauty in the middle of the city. With a 73 metre high minaret and concrete and glass roof in the form of a 16 point star, this mosque is a sight to behold. The stained glass windows lining the upper portion of the mosque walls bathe it in gentle yellow, blue and green light. Surrounded by 13 acres of beautiful gardens that are open to the public, this mosque provides a serene and contemplative environment that is perfect for prayer.
Penang State Mosque
Dating back to 1980s, Penang State Mosque was a collaboration between a Brazilian architect and a Filipino architect which perfectly reflects the multicultural makeup of Malaysia. With a capacity of 5000 people, it is located in the western end of Georgetown, at the intersection of Jalan Masjid Negeri and Jalan Air Itam, but it must be noted that the prayer halls are only open for Muslim visitors. With flowing lines, a roof that resembles waves lapping against a golden dome and an imposing yet elegant minaret, you should definitely try to make Penang state mosque a prayer stop on your holiday.
If you’re on your way to Langkwai and making your way through Alor Star, it’s worth stopping off at the Zahir Mosque which is one of the grandest historic buildings in town. With its domes and minarets, the mosque is often on lists of the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the world. Dating back to 1912, it’s also one of the older mosques in Malaysia, and was built for a sultan. The mosque is host to the annual Quran reading competition, and one look at the magnificent and grandeur of the architecture, both inside and out, helps you understand why.