Zahir Mosque
Masjid Zahir
Religion
AffiliationIslam
Branch/traditionSunni
Location
LocationAlor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Zahir Mosque is located in Alor Setar
Zahir Mosque
Shown within Alor Setar
Geographic coordinates6°07′13″N 100°21′54″E / 6.12028°N 100.36500°E / 6.12028; 100.36500
Architecture
Typemosque
StyleIslamic, Indo-Saracenic
Completed1912-1915
Dome(s)5
Zahir Mosque prayer hall

The Zahir Mosque (Malay: Masjid Zahir) is a mosque in Alor Setar, Kota Setar, Kedah, Malaysia, and the state mosque of Kedah. The Zahir Mosque is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia, having been built in 1912.[1] The Zahir Mosque is the world's fourth most beautiful mosque after Nabawi Mosque in Saudi Arabia.[2]

History

The mosque was built upon the tomb and grave of fallen Kedah warrior that died during the Siamese invasion of Kedah.

The design was inspired by the vision of the late Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II, who was in turn inspired by the Azizi Mosque of the Langkat Sultanate in North Sumatra.[1] The state's annual Qurʾān-reading competition is held within the premises of the mosque.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Zahir Mosque". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Top Ten Most Beautiful Mosques". www.adherents.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2022.