While I have visited the floating mosques in Melaka (Masjid Selat Melaka) and Terengganu (Masjid Kristal), I am glad that I finally had the opportunity to visit Perak’s very own floating mosque, the first in the state, known as Masjid Al-Badr Seribu Selawat.
Built at a cost of RM11.7 million, it took slightly over 2.5 years to complete, with a size of 1708.8 sq. metres, that can accommodate 1,500 worshippers concurrently. The massive project finally wrapped up in October 2016 and officiated by HRH Sultan Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah (35th Sultan of Perak) on 8th June, 2017.
Masjid Al-Badr Seribu Selawat, located in Kampung Teluk Gedong, has been appropriately named in reference to the 1,000 prayers that have been carved on the walls and pillars of the mosque, inside and out. It was the dream project of Y.B. Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, the 11th Menteri Besar of Perak, who is a Pangkor boy.
Another distinctive feature of the mosque, besides its 1,000 engraved prayers/scriptures, is the unique Perakian architecture, with aspects of Turkish and Middle Eastern influences. Most of all, the floral motifs were inspired by the golden thread embroidery elements or bunga tekat craft that Perak is known for.
The mosque is open to visitors, including non-Muslims, only during non-prayer times. Do take note to dress appropriately when visiting places of worship, as a sign of respect. Jubah is available on loan.
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