Friday, March 13, 2009

.: Masjid Jamek :.

Also know as the Friday mosque.

Masjid Jamek, dates back to 1909 is the oldest surviving mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Located in Jalan Tun Perak, the red-bricked structure of Masjid Jamek features attractive domes, marble floors together with numerous arched colonnades, minarets and chatris [umbrella-shaped cupolas, usually domed and open-sided].

Even though the designs are represented in Moorish architecture, the actual inspiration came from the Mogul mosques in North India being the source of inspiration to Arthur Benison Hubbock.

Photos taken on 2 separate days. The second photo was taken just before the Friday prayers. I couldn't get a good shot as scores of worshippers had started to congregate, flocking every nook and cranny available hence I had to add some distance, giving way to them. The other shots were taken on a normal day.

Approximately 30 mins till Fajr. :)
5.38am Malaysian Time


Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

These pictures are gorgeous! I love seeing pictures and hearing information about historical buildings, and historical places and historical concepts...

Lisa B said...

Beautiful architecture, your photos are stunning!

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

Ooooo this is soooo awesome! It looks HUGE!

Lovely pictures.. and thank you for the info.

Love Farhana

van qif said...

I used to commute daily by LRT. Station Masjid Jamek is my exchange station. Almost every evening I could hear beautiful and loud Quran recitation from this mosque…what a peaceful moment.. after a long day working and rushing in crowded train.. it gave me a fresh mind. I also noticed some of non muslim enjoyed it..

Hajar Alwi said...

Hajar Zamzam Ismail:: Insya'Allah, there shall be more to come. ^^

Lisa B:: Thank you! ^^ Which reminds me, I haven't been checking on your latest compositions.

Sketched Soul:: Wa'alaikumussalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh dear Sister Farhana.

It is not that huge. :) I used to spend time at the courtyard until I notice some brothers giving me stares as if I'm some kind of retard. :P Dang! Can't a sister hang out peacefully at a mosque? ~sigh ...

You're welcome. ^^

Van qif:: Guessing it's the STAR-LRT and Putra-LRT interchange. I agree. The ambiance is indescribably serene. On few occasions, I saw non-Muslims contemplating; to enter or to not coupled with curious glances. :)

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu dearest Hajar,

Isn't it interesting that it's similiar to the Ubadiah Masjid? So much so.. that this is my third time trying to figure out if they are different.

The minarats and are the same shape, and have the same strips, the 'windows' on are exactly the same shape. The domes look similiar. The cupolas are similiar. And see that edge (the + looking things, are EXACTLY the same. When you have to draw all these things.. it's hard to miss it.

Have you been to both mosques?

Love Farhana

Hajar Alwi said...

Sketched Soul:: Wa'alaikumussalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh dear Sister Farhana.

That's not surprising since both masjids were designed by the same person. :) I have photos of another building by him which Insya'Allah I'll post later.

I've only been to Masjid Jamek. The Ubudiah located at Kuala Kangsar, Perak mosque is notably one of the most beautiful mosques here. ^^


Unknown said...

My youngest brother works there. Some people told me that Masjid Jamek really needs some repairing such as the ceilings, the toilets and the staffs' quaters but the upper administration is a bit stingy.

Hajar Alwi said...

Cool~! In actual truth, it does. There are leaks, chips, cracks and stuff. Rather sad that the authorities are calculative on the issue.

Unknown said...

the most is gorgeous.. i love the decoration... normally just pray at the open area... not inside wiht econ

Hajar Alwi said...

One of the many gorgeous mosques we have here. :)