Located on a hilly section of Jalan Duta, close to the Jalan Duta government complexes, the majestic Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (The Federal Territory Mosque) is one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia today and a distinct landmark in the city. The idea for the mosque was mooted by Tun Dr. Mahathir when he was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. Based on a ‘mosque in a garden’ concept with Islamic themed gardens, lawns and a pool surrounding the main building, a ‘community center’ and ‘knowledge complex’ is also integrated to the overall design concept of the mosque. A courtyard called ‘Laman Hidayah’ located in the center of the building, annexe to the Main Prayer Hall, caters for large prayer turnouts and double as an open interaction area.
The mosque overall design utilises the traditional architectural concepts of the classical Ottoman mosques designs, with its interior decor utilising a clever combination of both traditional Malay and Middle Eastern design motifs. The strong influences of the The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Turkey and The Nabawi Mosque in Medina are clearly evident in the mosque’s most striking features, the dome structure and pair of minarets. The dome structure is the combination of a number of dome designs, consisting of a main dome, half domes, a vault and a cluster of smaller domes above the Ruang Solat Utama (Main Prayer Hall). The main dome has a diameter of 30 meter, reaching a height of 45 meters from the floor of the Ruang Solat Utama. A total of 22 domes making up the entire design of the mosque.
Construction commenced on the 15th. March 1996 and completed on 30th August 2000. It was opened to the public on 25th October 2000 and was officiated by the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Almarhum Syed Putra Jamalulail on 18th February 2005. The mosque carries the ‘state mosque’ title and is one of the main mosques in Kuala Lumpur. With its expansive grounds and a total built-up area of approximately 47,000 square meters, it has capacity to accommodate up to 17,000 visitors at any given time. Fully equipped with the latest facilities, it was the most modern mosque in Malaysia when completed.
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