The Islamic monuments and historical buildings are part of the uniqueness of the state of Selangor which has been a hot spot for domestic and foreign tourists. Islamic structures and mosques have been kept for generations with exquisite architectural features, dating back more than a century.
Let us walk through the 5 selected Islamic monuments in Selangor over the last 10 days of Ramadan and reminisce about their history and symbolism!
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (in featured image above), located in the heart of Shah Alam, is Malaysia’s largest mosque and the second largest in South East Asia. The mosque is generally known as the Blue Mosque because of its unique architecture, which has a majestic blue and silver dome and a stunning interior that combines Middle Eastern and Malay elements.
The mosque can hold 16,000 people at once and provides a variety of facilities to its visitors.
Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah Mosque
The Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah Mosque is Malaysia’s first mosque to get the Platinum — Green Building Index Award for its environmentally friendly design. To accommodate over 8,300 worshippers, the mosque employs energy-efficient LED lighting, natural air ventilation, rooftop solar panels, and a rainwater collecting system.
Elevators for the elderly and disabled communities, as well as playgrounds for children, were designed with inclusivity in mind.
Sultan Ala’eddin Royal Mosque
Sultan Ala’eddin Royal Mosque, commonly known as Masjid Bandar, was built in the early 1900s and has become a Selangor historical monument, lying about 200 metres from the Bandar Palace. The mosque, which is nearly a century old, is created with a blend of Indian-Muslim and Middle Eastern cultures, with intricate wood carvings on the façade and Quran inscriptions on the interior.
Raja Lumu Mosque
Masjid Raja Lumu is another Kuala Selangor monument that was built on the site of the former Kuala Selangor Old Mosque. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj dedicated this mosque as Selangor’s ninth royal mosque.
It is recognised for its spectacular modern architecture, copper domes, large archways, and stained glass windows and is located at the foot of Melawati Hill. This mosque was named after the first Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salehuddin Shah.
Selangor International Islamic Art Complex
Since 1987, Selangor International Islamic Art Complex has served as the exhibition and production centre for Restu Foundation, with the goal of revitalising, preserving, and promoting Islamic arts and culture.
It is the heart of Selangor’s Islamic arts heritage, with exhibitions on Islamic calligraphy, architecture, interior design, paintings, and Quran manuscripts.
There are nine galleries, a lecture hall, a children’s centre, and numerous activity rooms in the complex. One of the most significant exhibits here is an original Quran manuscript valued at RM 20 million.
Historical buildings are one of the Malaysian pride that reflects the multicultural and values in Malaysia. The Islamic monuments and mosques in Selangor are designed uniquely by putting a major highlight on the inclusivity to be embraced regardless of religion and race.
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