Ramadan Mubarak! This month, millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate the blessed month of Ramadan. As the most sacred period in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time where Muslims grow closer to God – by praying, fasting, performing charitable deeds and abstaining from personal pleasures. To pay homage to this holy month, here are some of most beautiful mosques in Malaysia; each offering a rich historical, cultural and religious experience for both worshippers and visitors.
1) Melaka Straits Mosque, Melaka
Built on stilts above the sea, the Melaka Straits Mosque gives off an illusion of floating just above the water. Opened in 2006, this architectural wonder is located just off the city center and boasts stunning views of the Straits of Melaka. From afar, the architectural build of the mosque is definitely a striking sight – a perfect example of contemporary Islamic architecture that blends Malaysian and Middle Eastern influences. Look closely and you will notice that the mosque’s façade is decorated with Islamic symbols, such as stained-glass windows filled with Islamic motifs, and blue trims painted atop the magnificent gold dome. With such stunning and intricate architecture, the Melaka Straits Mosque has become a popular sight with non-worshippers as well. Our pro-tip? Be sure to take a trip down at dusk or dawn, when the mosque is particularly beautiful.
2) Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu
The Crystal Mosque in Kuala Terengganu is undoubtedly, a unique architectural gem of our era. Like most of its counterparts across the world, the Crystal Mosque incorporates some elements of traditional Islamic architecture. However, what sets the Crystal Mosque apart is its modern-looking and sleek exterior, made possible by the glass and steel panels that line its exterior. Besides being a place of worship, the Crystal Mosque is also part of the Islamic Heritage Park, and is home to model replicas of famous mosques around the world. Be sure to step in and revel in the history and beauty that this place has to offer.
3) Sultan Salahuddin Mosque, Shah Alam
Famously known as the ‘Blue Mosque’, Sultan Salahuddin Mosque in Shah Alam not only tops the list as largest mosque in Malaysia, but in the whole of Southeast Asia as well. Undoubtedly, eye-catching features of the structure include the latticed blue dome, and the towering minarets that surround it. It is said that these minarets are so tall, you could even catch a sight of them from some vantage points around Kuala Lumpur! For those seeking a moment of tranquility, the Sultan Salahuddin Mosque is the perfect place to get away from worldly chaos. The mosque is lined with blue-stained glass, resulting in peaceful hues of blue permeating the interior when sunlight is filtered through. All around, with its blue theme, the Sultan Salahuddin mosque evokes a sense of peace and calm for both worshippers and visitors alike.
4) Al-Bukhary Mosque, Kedah
Those who pass by the Al-Bukhary Mosque are sure to be mesmerised by its grandeur. Recently built by a local entrepreneur, it is one of the newest and most stunning structures in the area. All around, this modern Islamic architectural mosque imbues a sense of peace for all who lay eyes upon it. Its calming white exterior is coupled with blue, yellow and turquoise highlights that decorate the iconic dome. With several reflecting pools and numerous lush palm trees that spread throughout the compound, its no wonder that the Al-Bukhary Mosque evokes such feelings of calm.
5) Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Johor Bahru
Built in 1900, the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is one of the oldest, and most unique mosques in the country. Situated atop a hill in downtown Johor Bahru, the mosque provides its visitors with a bird’s-eye-view of the Johor Strait as well as neighboring Singapore. Aside from its heavy influence from 19 th -century English Victorian architecture, the mosque also incorporates hints of traditional Moorish and Malay elements – altogether forming a unique and visually striking landmark that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
A significant part of the Ramadan celebrations is Iftar, where families and friends gather together to buka puasa (break fast). Here are some places where you can enjoy a sumptuous Iftar.
DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka – “Kampung” Flavors buffet dinner
Savor a taste of nostalgia with the “Kampung” flavored themed buffet at DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka’s Makan Kitchen. Expect your favorite dishes, reminiscent of early Kampung days – from Negeri Sembilan’s very own Rendang Minang (beef dry curry) to Sabah’s Ayam Pansuh (bamboo chicken) and Melaka’s renowned Asam Pedas Laksamana (sour and spicy fish curry). You’ll experience a sumptuous blast from the past! The “Kampung” Flavors Buffet Dinner is available until 4 June 2019. More information can be found here.
Hilton Petaling Jaya – “Heritage of Paya Serai” buffet
Go all out with the variety of cuisines available at the iconic Paya Serai Restaurant in Hilton Petaling Jaya. Long-time patrons will delight at the ‘Sajian Warisan Paya Serai’ (Heritage of Paya Serai) themed buffet, which pays homage to all-time favorites that have been served here for the past 35 years of Iftar. Of course, new visitors will not be disappointed with the sumptuous spread of traditional and modern culinary treasures. With classic Kampung dishes, Arabian delights, homecooked favorites to modern innovations, there is a dish suited for any kind of palate. The “Sajian Warisan Paya Serai” buffet dinner is available until 4 June 2019. More information can be found here.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur – “Royal Dining” buffet
Sneak a peek into the lives of Malaysia’s royal families at the ‘Santapan DiRaja’ (Royal dining) themed buffet at Vasco’s in Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Serving culinary favorites of the royal families of Malaysia, this is your chance to experience what it is like to feast like a king. With Silat and Gamelan performances to accompany your dinner, be treated to a feast not only for the stomach, but the eyes and ears as well. The “Santapan DiRaja” Buffet Dinner is available until 4 June 2019. More information can be found here.