Here are nine noteworthy and inspiring masjid (“mosque” in Malay) to see on your next visit to the state, perhaps on your way to the islands off the coast.
1. MASJID KRISTAL (CRYSTAL MOSQUE), PULAU WAN MAN, KUALA TERENGGANU
Set amidst the Islamic Civilisation Park (Taman Tamadun Islam) and built on a man-made island, the Crystal Mosque is not only breathtaking but innovative as the first ‘smart mosque’ with Wi-Fi and IT facilities.
The glass-and-steel wonder is said to be most beautiful both when the sunlight shines on its multifaceted domes and at night when illuminated from within.
2. MASJID TENGKU TENGAH ZAHARAH (FLOATING MOSQUE), KUALA IBAI, KUALA TERENGGANU
Named after the mother of the late Terengganu sultan, it is the first real floating mosque in Malaysia, constructed on a floating platform in a lagoon.
This all-white mosque sports both Moorish and modern influences, and boasts a view of the South China Sea from its minaret.
3. MASJID SULTAN ZAINAL ABIDIN (WHITE MOSQUE), KUALA TERENGGANU
The former state royal mosque, previously Masjid Besar (Big Mosque), was initially constructed in the late 18th century near the old royal mausoleum.
The mosque has been renovated over the years, with the current structure drawing from Mughal and colonial architecture.
4. MASJID ULUL ALBAB, KAMPUNG KAYU SEBERANG, JERTEH
Distinctive for its Malay design inspired by the oldest surviving mosque in the country, it uses local hardwoods joined using traditional techniques.
The carvings are designed by the renowned sculptor Wan Mustafa Wan Su, who incorporated Terengganu songket (patterned fabric woven with gold or silver thread) motifs into the patterns.
5. MASJID HADHARI, BANDAR JERTEH, BESUT
When in Jerteh, you won’t miss the towering dome and minarets of Masjid Hadhari from far away.
The interiors are lively, calling to mind to the red and white arches of the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
6. MASJID AL-MUKTAFI BILLAH SHAH (STATE MOSQUE), KAMPUNG LADANG, KUALA TERENGGANU
When Masjid Ladang was completed in 1984, its modern design fused with Malay and Middle Eastern elements must have been nothing short of futuristic.
Adjacent to the new royal mausoleum where the mosque’s namesake is buried, the structure is noted for its large crystal chandelier in the prayer hall.
7. MASJID SULTAN ISMAIL (MASJID RAJA CHENDERING), CHENDERING, KUALA TERENGGANU
Not far from Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah is a white mosque closely resembling the Sultan Abidin Mosque.
Built using materials recycled from the previous mosque on the same site, it is popular for weddings and much-photographed for its stunning pristine interiors and the intricate flourishes on its lattice archways.
8. MASJID SULTAN MAHMUD, BANDAR AL-MUKTAFI BILLAH SHAH, DUNGUN
Wrapped around an elegant colonnaded porch, the mosque’s four blue domes rise majestically.
Hallways are strewn with geometric patterns, while blue tiles adorned with calligraphy decorate the prayer niche.
9. MASJID HILIRAN, KAMPUNG HILIRAN, KUALA TERENGGANU
A man named Haji Mat Kaya established one of the oldest mosques in Terengganu, one of the rare two-storey mosques of its time.
The ornamentation reflects the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) penchant for the lotus flower, while the roof construction used traditional Malay building techniques.
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