Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu
KotaKinabalu Sabah CityMosque-08.jpg
Religion
AffiliationIslam
Branch/traditionSunni
Location
LocationKota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque is located in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Shown within Kota Kinabalu
Geographic coordinates5°59′45.0888″N 116°06′27.9″E / 5.995858000°N 116.107750°E / 5.995858000; 116.107750Coordinates: 5°59′45.0888″N 116°06′27.9″E / 5.995858000°N 116.107750°E / 5.995858000; 116.107750
Architecture
Construction costMYR34 million
Specifications
Capacity12,000 worshippers
Minaret(s)4
Website
www.mbr.sabah.org.my

The Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (Malay: Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu) is the second main mosque in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, after State Mosque in Sembulan. The head imam is Ustaz Haji Hafiz Bin Datuk Dr Haji Hamzah.[1]

History

Preparations for the mosque began in 1989, and the installation of foundation piles began in 1992. Construction was delayed between 1993 and 1994 owing to a lack of funds.[2] The mosque was officially opened on 2 February 2000 following a proclamation of the city status of Kota Kinabalu.[3] Construction of the mosque cost 34 million Malaysian ringgits. The architectural design is based on the Nabawi Mosque, the second holiest site in Islam, in Medina, Saudi Arabia.[3] The dome is blue and gold, inspired by similar Arabic architecture.[4]

Front view of the mosque
Front view of the mosque

Features

The mosque sits on a 14.83-acre (6.00 ha) site at Pasir Road on the shores of Likas Bay, on the South China Sea. It is partially surrounded by a human-made lagoon;[1][3] this has given rise to the nickname "The Floating Mosque".[5] It has a maximum capacity of 12,000 worshipers.[3] The mosque features an ATM, three madrasas, a palliative care clinic, and – in a joint project with Universiti Malaysia Sabah – a fish farm.[3][4] In 2008, the mosque introduced paddle boat rides, from which visitors could see the mosque from the water; a mosque committee member stated that this was to "mak[e] the mosque more relevant to the community's life encompassing religion, economy and social aspects".[5]

The mosque is a common tourist destination and included in several tours; it is also a common destination for photographers.[5] The mosque may be visited by non-Muslims, except during prayers. Visitors are required to wear modest clothing; Lonely Planet recommends long trousers and covered arms.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Alamat dan Perhubungan" [Address and Contact]. Official Website (in Malay). Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Pengenalan" [Introduction]. Official Website (in Malay). Archived from the original on 17 July 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Masjid Bandaraya, Kota Kinabalu" [City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu] (PDF). Suara Masjid (in Malay). 7 (59): 7. October 2008. ISSN 1511-9149. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (Kota Kinabalu State Mosque)". Islamic Tourism Centre of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Mosque Introduces Paddle Boat Rides". New Straits Times. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014 – via HighBeam.
  6. ^ "City Mosque". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.