[Updated 6 April 2021]
The concept of mosques in Islam have always had an important role over the years. They are a place we seek peace from, and the place we feel closest to Him ? With the holy month of Ramadan closely approaching, what better way to spend some time at these mosques around KL and maximize the activities that are offered throughout the month! Here is a list of beautiful mosques to visit in Kuala Lumpur during Ramadan ?
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1. Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque)
Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur and was built back in 1909. It was designed by British architect, A.B. Hubback who also designed the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station – giving both buildings it’s distinct Moorish architectural features. It’s surrounded by a courtyard and its main prayer hall is flanked by an open prayer space on both sides – creating a communal space for the masses.
Doesn't the courtyard resemble Masjid Nabawi's? ? The mosque is situated right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and very accessible by public transport.
Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Masjid Negara (National Mosque)
Situated next to the sprawling Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, Masjid Negara is the perfect blend of modernist architecture embedded within a lush green surrounding. Best of all, it’s also right in the heart of KL too, only a walk away from Dataran Merdeka and the Sultan Abdul Samad building!
The mosque was constructed back in 1965 as a symbol of independence of Malaysia and the mosque’s architecture was built prominently to feature an umbrella. The roof of the prayer hall was designed to look like an open one, while the minaret mirrored a folded umbrella ?Masjid Negara has an active presence throughout the years; holding various talks and forums and fun social activities – ranging from photography courses to Photoshop lessons. But most importantly, it still holds onto the essence of what a mosque is built for.
Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Masjid Putra, Putrajaya
Colloquially known as the “pink mosque” due to its rose-shaded granite, Masjid Putra was built together with the Putrajaya township back in 1997. The construction was completed two years later and located next to the official residence of the Malaysian Prime Minister ? Perched along the banks of the Putrajaya Lake, the still waters provide an amazing reflection of the mosque. This mosque is perfect to immerse yourself in peace and tranquility?
The mosque is also very active in having visitors outside of praying hours (open to all!) and at the same time running classes and talks for all ages throughout the year.
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan, Presint 1, 62502 Persekutuan, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
4. Masjid At-Taqwa
Located in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur at Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Masjid At-Taqwa features a prominent twin-minaret design. The mosque is designed and built to mainly cater the residents of the housing area around its vicinity.
The praying space consists of the main hall, and surrounded by an open area with a veranda-like structure surrounding the outer compounds of the prayer hall. It can double up as an additional praying space to cater for the additional worshippers or provide an open area for communal activities ☺️ The mosque is also close to a Ramadan bazaar, so head over to indulge in open air street food before heading to the mosque for prayers after iftar!
Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
5. Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territories Mosque)
This mosque is called Masjid Wilayah, in short! Built on a hill along Jalan Duta, the mosque boasts an impressive architectural design as it's a mix of both Ottoman and Malay design styles, with the Blue Mosque in Turkey being a major influencer of its finished look ?
Within its large complex lies classrooms to cater for classes that are run frequently, and even a religious school for children!
Jalan Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Kompleks Kerajaan, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
6. Masjid Saidina Umar Al-Khattab (MSUAK)
Located on the pristine hills of Bukit Damansara, Masjid Saidina Umar Al-Khattab is a quaint local mosque catering to those residing around the area.
The mosque has a simple yet functional design, combining Ottoman features with a slight hint of modern architecture! This mosque has excellent facilities to host various events and have an active presence throughout the year, hosting a variety of talks and events.
Jalan Pinggiran Setia Budi, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
7. Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin
Putrajaya is home not just to the “pink mosque”, but also home to the “iron mosque”. Built in 2004 and completed in 2009, the mosque carries an impressive structure of glass, polished steel and concrete to give off its imposing stance and the worthy nickname.
Ask any local and the “
(literal: iron mosque) is a sure place to visit in Putrajaya – not only for prayers but also for a quick sightseeing! The mosque has an open concept where the prayer hall is a continuous space with no supporting structures? This provides an uninterrupted view of Putrajaya Lake; and creates a natural flow of air to bring in the outside breeze.
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Presint 3, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
8. Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
With its four 140m tall minarets at each corner, and the distinct blue dome at its centre – one surely cannot miss out this mosque when passing by the city of Shah Alam! It is the largest mosque in Malaysia and the second largest in South East Asia? At one point, this mosque was home to the tallest minaret in the world.
Building elements aside, the mosque has an active community running many activities throughout the year. Classes range from that on religious rights to practical applications like IT and computer courses. Even during Ramadan, activities still go on to cater to the residents of Shah Alam.
Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
9. Masjid Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah, Cyberjaya
Located in the futuristic township of Cyberjaya, Masjid Raja Fi Sabilillah is built in the vicinity to cater the potential growth of the surrounding area. It is the second largest mosque in Malaysia and is able to cater up to 8000 worshippers at any one time!
Making it even more impressive - this is the first “green” mosque in Malaysia! Some of the green initiatives embedded within its design are rainwater harvesting and a natural air ventilation system. The architectural detail of the mosque is also highly futuristic, blending it in with the modern city of Cyberjaya ☺️
Persiaran Semarak Api, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
In this blessed month, it's best to plan how you'd like to fully maximize and reap the bountiful rewards of the month! We hope this goes a long way in making this Ramadan a better one for you ☺️