My response to this week’s weekly photo challenge: Symbol touches on the symbol of Islamic development shown by ubiquitous presence of mosques throughout Malaysia.
Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-religious country but a majority of its population, about 60%, is muslims. Islam is the official religion of Malaysia and this is shown by the widespread presence of mosques all over the country. Some of the mosques were built even when the country was ruled by the British Colonial Government until 1957 when Malaysia (then Malaya) achieved its independence on 31 August 1957.
In Malaysia and I believe universally around the globe, a mosque does not only function as a place of worship, it also functions as a social, political or even judicial institution besides also serving as an informal or formal education centre.
The Jamek Mosque of Kuala Lumpur, built in 1909 in Indo-Saracenic architectural style by the British Colonial Government.
The Kapitan Keling Mosque in George Town, Penang was founded in 1801 by a leader of Indian Muslim community, Abdul Caudeer Mohudeen. The present Indo-Saracenic style replaced the simpler timber structure later and it was designed by a German architect named Henry Alfred Neubronner
The Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar, Perak. completed in 1917.
The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, completed in 1965.
The Abidin Mosque, Kuala Terengganu, first built between 1793 and 1808.
Inside the Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, the Malaysia’s new administrative capital.
The Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur. A huge mosque whose architecture was said to have been inspired by The Blue Mosque of Turkey.
The Ulul Albab Mosque – the landmark of my hometown, Kampung Seberang Jerteh, Terengganu. A beautiful modern timber mosque whose architecture was based on the traditional Malay architecture.
If you would like to enjoy more pictures of mosques in Malaysia please check out the architecture gallery in my photography website at zain.zenfolio.com/architecture