National Mosque Kuala Lumpur (Masjid Negara) is a national legacy. It was built between 1963 and 1965,.The national mosque was built to commemorate Malaysia’s independence and the idea was brought up by the Federal Executive Council a month before the country celebrated its independence.
Masjid Negara was originally named as Masjid Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj in honor of Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime minister of the country. He declined the honor and gave the mosque another name “Masjid Negara”.
This name symbolizes the country’s unity and multi-cultural harmony, as well as a way to give thanks to Allah for the country’s peaceful independence – achieved without a single drop of blood being shed.
The Mosque has 73 meter high minarets and has a capacity of 15000 people. It is surrounded by lush greenery, reflecting pools and fountains that expands to 13 acres.
The designing of the mosque took 3 years and the inspiration was taken from the mosques of the neighboring countries like India, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc.
This Masjid is different from others but it is really beautiful. The design and architecture are very inviting.
A large courtyard surrounded by long rooms supported by columns paid homage to Prophet Muhammad from the 7th century.
All the designs that are made on minarets that are topped with a folded Umbrella and roof have meaning to it like the design made on the roof resembles an open umbrella.
The roof of the mosque very attractive was designed to be 16 pointed stars. It is of blue and green in color. It was originally pink before the renovation. Except this, there is no extra decoration or Islamic quotes carved on the walls.
The Mosque is very peaceful and people just wander around the big halls and grounds freely except for a few places like offices and prayer hall.
The most beautiful part of the Mosque is the prayer hall. The beauty is breathtaking. The Mosque is very simple yet beautiful.
The docents are very nice there and you can ask them any question if you have any doubt.
There’s a room called Makam Pahlawan, or Heroes’ Mausoleum. This is where some of the most prominent leaders and politicians in Malaysia are buried.
● Souvenir shops
● Guided Tours
Some points to keep in mind before visiting
The first and the most important thing to keep in mind is the attire. Attire is not only an important concern before visiting KL’s mosque but any Mosque all over the world.
The people are very strict about the clothes that if you are not wearing decent attire you’ll be provided with a robe before entering the mosque.
If you are wearing pants and shirts then it should be loose and not fitted. So if you want to skip the robe queue and go straight inside the masjid without any delay, just wear clothes accordingly. Cover your hair and with a scarf.
Wear long pants and a shirt. Your sleeves should be covered. Do not wear shirts with images.
● No ripped clothes are allowed
● Talk slowly. Avoid making loud noises. Turn off your phone.
● Remove your shoes and hats before entering.
● Don’t click pictures of people who are praying.
● Avoid eating and drinking.
Also sometimes there are more visitors than the robes present at the Mosque. Try to avoid getting stuck outside the Masjid just because of your clothes.
Address: Jalan Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Office Number: +603 2693 7905
06:30am - 01:00pm,
02:30pm - 04:00pm,
05:30pm - 07:00pm.