Selangor is home to various cultural and religious tourist attractions since the state is the pulse of Malaysia’s cultural diversity. As we are now in the middle of Ramadhan (Muslim fasting month), here is a list put together by Tourism Selangor on the 10 most amazing mosques in Selangor that you are recommended to visit.
1. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the State Mosque of Selangor located in Shah Alam, which possesses interesting architectural features and stunning interior with a combination of modern and traditional Middle Eastern and Malay designs. The mosque is the largest in Malaysia and second in South East Asia. The mosque is also widely-known as the “Blue Mosque” with reference to its majestic blue and silver dome. It can accommodate 16,000 people at any one time and offers various facilities to its visitors.
2. Puncak Alam Mosque
Puncak Alam Mosque is the first large mosque in Puncak Alam. The mosque’s grounds cover 9.5 acres and the prayer hall can accommodate approximately 5,000 worshippers at any given time. Officiated in the year 2015, the mosque features modern Arabesque archway and modernist design, including facilities for visitors’ convenience.
3. Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque
This mosque is situated in Sepang and can be seen as travellers make their way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque – also known as the KLIA Mosque – was built in conjunction with the opening of KLIA in the year 2000. The design features Middle Eastern and Malay architectural influences and accommodates up to 8,000 worshippers.
4. Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque
The Sultan Suleiman Mosque, dubbed as Royal Mosque, is located in Klang and inaugurated by Sultan Alauddin Shah in 1932. The mosque, built as an octagonal garden pavillion-styled structure, sports an impressive art deco style. It was temporarily closed in 2015 for upgrading. Since its reopening in 2017, this mosque has remained popular among Klang residents and tourists alike.
5. As-Salam Mosque
As-Salam Mosque in Taman Puchong Perdana is also called the Floating Mosque, the one and only in Selangor. Its shimmering golden dome and extraordinary location next to Puchong Lake are some of the reasons why countless people visit this mosque. It was completed in 2006 and can accommodate 4,000 worshippers at any one time. It is extremely beautiful in the evening and at dusk.
6. Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque
Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, is the second State Mosque of Selangor after the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. It was built in 2010 and officially opened in 13 March 2013. The exterior is mainly decorated with inscriptions from the Quran, while its clean design is based on typical Middle Eastern Islamic architecture. It is topped by a central dome and guarded by four identical minarets. The mosque can hold 5,000 worshippers and serves as a community centre.
7. Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah Mosque
This mosque, which was opened on 22 June 2016, became the first mosque in Malaysia to receive the Platinum – Green Building Index award. Located in Cyberjaya, which is 30 kilometres north of KLIA, this green mosque was constructed based on environmentally friendly concept through the use of energy-efficient LED lights, natural air ventilation, rooftop solar panels and rainwater harvesting system to accommodate over 8,300 worshippers. Elevators for the elderly and disabled are available too, including a wedding function room and children’s playground.
8. Ara Damansara Mosque
Being the first mosque ever built in the township of Ara Damansara within the suburb of Petaling Jaya, this mosque incorporates many environmentally friendly characteristics on top of exciting urban Islamic architecture. Occupying six acres of land, the mosque can hold up to 1,500 worshippers at any time. There is also a mini playground and other convenient facilities.
9. Jamek Ar-Rahimah Mosque
Jamek Ar-Rahimah Mosque in Hulu Selangor is mainly the worship centre for the local community’s Muslims. The mosque is basically a preferred stop-over for Muslim travellers before heading towards Fraser’s Hills. Officially opened in November 2002 and can accommodate up to 3,500 worshippers, this mosque takes cues from Victorian era architecture that can be seen from its tall, elegant minaret. The mosque has a single large dome in the middle and four smaller domes, one at each corner.
10. Sultan Ala’eddin Royal Mosque
This mosque, also known as Masjid Alauddin or Masjid Bandar, was constructed in early 1900s and situated about 200 metres from the iconic Istana Bandar in the district of Kuala Langat. Its architecture fuses Indian-Muslim and Middle Eastern influences. Intricate wood carvings grace the mosque’s exterior, while the interior is replete with Quranic inscriptions. Only able to hold approximately 800 worshippers at a time, this mosque is almost a hundred years old and now gazetted as a national heritage site.
Travellers are definitely welcome to explore the above mosques. However, these mosques are subjected to standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council (MKN) to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay. Those who come to the mosques should register through the ‘SElangkah:Langkah Masuk Dengan Selamat’ mobile application, maintain social distancing, apply hand sanitisers regularly and wear face masks.
For more information, log on to Tourism Selangor’s official website www.selangor.travel.