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Top 5 Iconic Mosques in Selangor

Fascinated by the architecture of mosques, I’ve always wanted to write an article on the iconic mosques in Selangor but never got down to it.

However, with Hari Raya Aidil Adha (Hajj celebration) just around the corner (it is observed on 1st September this year), now is just as good a time as any to publish this post.

These five iconic mosques in Selangor are my own preference, and they are listed in random order.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
Located in Shah Alam by Raja Lumu Lake, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the state mosque of Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque

Also known as the ‘Blue Mosque’ because of its large blue and silver dome, this is the largest mosque in Malaysia, and second largest in Southeast Asia. Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque is the largest in the region.

Despite this, it holds the distinction of having the largest religious dome in the world, while the four minarets are the second tallest in the world.

Commissioned by the late HRH Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz upon his declaration of Shah Alam as the new capital of Selangor state on 14th February 1974, work on the mosque only began in 1982 and completed on 11th March, 1988.

For details, contact:
Tel: +603-519 9988 / 7966 7977
Web: www.mssaas.gov.my
GPS: 3.078940, 101.519824

Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque
This royal mosque of the state of Selangor is naturally located in Klang, the royal town.

Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque (photo credit: Shamsul Hidayat Omar)
Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque (photo credit: Shamsul Hidayat Omar)

Featuring a combination of Western Art Deco and Neo-classical styles in its architecture designed by British architect Leofric Kesteven (1882-1974), the highlights of this mosque are its Tangga Diraja (royal stairs) from Istana Alam Shah, and a royal mausoleum, where the late HRH Sultan Salahuddin is interred.

Built by the British in 1932, it was officially opened in 1934 by the late HRH Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah and the then Federated Malay States High Commissioner, the late Sir Lawrence Nuuns Guillemard.

For details, contact:
Tel: +603-3371 6044
Web: www.mpklang.gov.my
GPS: 3.03477, 101.45052

Sultan Ibrahim Mosque
Sultan Ibrahim Mosque is the district mosque for Selangor’s Kuala Selangor District. The mosque took two years to build at a cost of RM10.7 million, and was officially opened in 1982 by the late HRH Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah of Selangor during his official visit to the district.

Sultan Ibrahim Mosque (photo credit: mknace unlimited)
Sultan Ibrahim Mosque (photo credit: mknace unlimited)

Located in the city centre, this modernist mosque was named after the 18th century ruler of Selangor, Sultan Ibrahim Shah who reigned from 1778 to 1826.

For details, contact:
Tel: +603-3289 1439 / 6331
Web: www.mdks.gov.my
GPS: 3.32833, 101.25798

Alaeddin Mosque (City Mosque)
Once the state mosque of Selangor, Alaeddin Mosque was built in 1924 by the late HRH Sultan Suleiman Shah. Constructed between 1903 and 1905, its architecture was influenced by elements from the Sultanate of Deli Kingdom from North Sumatera, Indonesia.

Alaeddin Mosque
Alaeddin Mosque

Located in Jugra, Kuala Langat, this historic mosque was gazetted as an Ancient Monument and Historical Site under the Antiquities Act 1976 in 1980. It was also registered as a ‘Warisan’ (Heritage) under the National Heritage Act 2005 in 2008.

Other names for the mosque are Masjid Alauddin and Masjid Bandar.

For details, contact:
Tel: +603-5519 0050
Web: www.padat.gov.my
GPS: 2.85791, 101.44299

Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque
Originally known as KLIA Mosque because of its close distance from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the mosque was renamed Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque after the late HRH Sultan Sir Abdul Samad of Selangor.

Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque
Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque

The construction of the mosque wrapped up in 1999 and was officially opened on 12th Aug, 2000 by the then Regent of Selangor, Tengku Idris Shah (now Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah).

The architecture of the mosque features influences from the Middle East and local styles. It is a popular mosque among Muslim travellers who arrive at and depart from KLIA.

For details, contact:
Tel: +603-8319 0200 / +603-8319 0300
Web: www.mpsepang.gov.my
GPS: 2.78782, 101.67645

So, here they are – the five most iconic mosques in Selangor, according to my point of view. This listicle was compiled with assistance from Tourism Selangor. With much appreciation.

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