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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP

MAGNIFICENT MOSQUE - General Info

 
 

MAGNIFICENT MOSQUE

ARCHITECTURAL GRANDEUR OF

THE ISLAMIC WORLD

In Malaysia, visitors will find a modern and progressive approach to Islam. Take a tour around the country to appreciate the beautiful Islamic crafts, arts and architecture. The architectural styles of the mosques in Malaysia are diversified. Some are inspired by great mosques of the world, while others are built according to the traditional architecture of a Malay house.

 

Islam reached the Malay Peninsula in the 13th century when Arab traders visited Melaka for spices and gold. Muslim missionaries followed and by the 15th century, the Melaka sultanate had embraced Islam. Islam was disseminated to other parts of the Malay Peninsula when the Melaka Empire expanded. Mosques were built in various parts of the land. Today, there are mosques in every city and town in the country. The call to prayer by the muezzin, ?Allahu Akhbar, Allahu Akhbar?, (God is Great, God is Great) can be heard miles away from mosques throughout the country, five times a day. During the early days, the traditional beduk (a kind of drum) was used to call people for prayer. The architectural styles of the mosques have demonstrated splendid growth, making a visit to the mosques an educational and enlightening experience. Tourists, including non-Muslims, can visit the mosques in Malaysia.

 
 
  FACTS
 

Muslims live by the Five Pillars of Islam, which are the foundations of the religion. The five pillars are: declaration of faith, performing five daily prayers, fasting in the month of Ramadan, giving alms to the poor and performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

 
  MUSLIM FESTIVALS
 
  • Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri on the first day of Syawal (the 10th month in the Muslim calendar). It is celebrated after a month of fasting. In the morning of Hari Raya, special prayers are held at mosques. Aidilfitri is also a time for forgiveness and reconciliations. There is much feasting and rejoicing as relatives and friends visit each others? homes. Non-Muslims are also welcomed to join in the merriment at the ?open house? of their Muslim friends.

  • Hari Raya Aidiladha or Hari Raya Haji is celebrated 70 days after Hari Raya Aidilfitri to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim?s sacrifice. The festival also marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. The highlight of the festival is the sacrifice of cattle, after which the meat is distributed to the poor.

  • Maal Hijrah marks the start of a new Islamic calendar year. It also commemorates Prophet Muhammad?s pilgrimage from Makkah to Madinah.

  • Maulidur Rasul is celebrated to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad?s birthday. The celebrations include special prayers and a procession led by religious leaders.

 
  DO'S & DON'TS - Visiting a Mosque
 
  1. Visitors are advised to report to the Security Officer/Information Counter at the entrance before entering a mosque.

  2. Men are advised to be dressed in long pants and preferably long-sleeved shirts.

  3. Women are required to wear fully covered clothing. Robes and head scarves are normally provided at the mosques. Women who are menstruating are generally discouraged from entering the main prayer hall.

  4. Shoes must be removed before entering the mosque. Visitors are required to use the main entrance and observe respectful silence while in the mosque. Permission should be obtained for photography.

  5. Most mosques are open to visitors from 9.00am. to 5.00pm. Muslims pray five times a day; at dawn, in the afternoon, evening, dusk and at night. Visitors are discouraged from visiting a mosque during prayer times (daily between 1.00 pm to 1.45pm and 4.15pm to 4.45 pm).

  6. Special prayers are held on Fridays between 12.15pm - 2.30pm. Most mosques have officials who can advise visitors on the appropriate time for a visit.

 
 
 

General Info

MAGNIFICENT MOSQUE

PLACES OF WORSHIP