Following Malaysia’s Independence from Britain in 1957, plans were made to erect a National Mosque so as to symbolise the united independence of the country. To this end three members from the Public Works Department set to work to design and structure the site.
The site chosen was one on which a church had stood for many years, though the land was acquired by the government. On this 13 acre land, the National Mosque with a capacity to hold 15,000 persons at a time was constructed. Fashioned on the mosque in Mecca, this National Mosque features a unique roof which resembles an upside down blue umbrella. The star shaped 16 pointed ‘spokes’ on this ‘upside down umbrella’ denote the states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.
Also unique is the 73 metre tall minaret that extends high into the sky. At its inception a decision was taken to name the Mosque after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al – Haj who was instrumental in paving the path towards Malaysia’s independence; however Tunku Abdul Rahman refused the honour and instead suggested the name Masjid Negara – a thanksgiving – by which name the site is known today.
The Mosque underwent renovations in 1987 and the roof which was once pink is now decorated with blue and green tiles.
The site is a meeting of contemporary thoughts together with traditional Islamic art forms and calligraphy forms. The surrounding areas of the Mosque are decorated with fountains and contemplative pools and all in all affords a peaceful and tranquil environment in which to worship.
When visiting be sure to remember that this is a place of worship and therefore appropriate dress codes need to be followed. If you are a female, head covering attire should also be taken. However the site provides special robes in case you do not.
If you are visiting Kualar Lumpur and wish to experience the cultural feel of the country embodied in their religion then a visit to the National Mosque is a must. If you are looking for unique Kuala Lumpur short stay accommodation, then consider the private yet luxurious option of Kuala Lumpur serviced apartments. Of the many available, Ascott Kuala Lumpur is indeed an ideal choice.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.