Jamek Mosque

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Coordinates: 3°8′56.06″N 101°41′45.46″E / 3.1489056°N 101.6959611°E / 3.1489056; 101.6959611

Jamek Mosque
Masjid Jamek
مسجد جامع
Mosque Jamek.jpg
Basic information
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Affiliation Islam
Administration Kuala Lumpur Islamic Council
Leadership Imam(s):Ustaz Mohd Faisal bin Tan Mutallib (2010 - Now)
Architectural description
Architectural style Islamic, Moorish, Mugal
Completed 1909
Minaret(s) 2

Jamek Mosque (Malay: Masjid Jamek) is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[1] It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909.

The name "Jamek" is Arabic in origin meaning a place where people congregate to worship.[2] It is also referred to as "Friday Mosque" by the locals.[3]


View of Jamek mosque at the confluence of Gombak and Klang rivers

The mosque was built on the location of an old Malay burial place at the confluence of Klang and Gombak River.[4][5] A couple of mosques previously existed in the Java Street and Malay Street area serving the Malay communities, but Jamek Mosque is the first large mosque to be built in Kuala Lumpur. The foundation stone of the mosque was laid by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah on 23 March 1908, and the Sultan officially opened the mosque on 23 December 1909.[6][7] The construction of the mosque cost $32,625, funded in part by the Malay community with contribution from the British colonial government.[2] Masjid Jamek served as Kuala Lumpur's main mosque until the national mosque, Masjid Negara, was built in 1965. The architect was Arthur Benison Hubback who designed the mosque in the Indian Muslim Mughal architectural style.[8]

The mosque has since been enlarged with extensions built, and the originally open-air forecourt roofed over.[9] One of the domes of the mosque collapsed in 1993 due to heavy rain, but has since been repaired.[6]


Original part (left) and extension (right) of Jamek mosque exhibiting differently coloured bricks

The design of the mosque has been described as a Moorish, Indo-Saracenic or Mughal architecture.[10] A. B Hubback also designed a number of building in similar style, such as the Kuala Lumpur railway station and the Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar. The mosque has 2 main minarets among other smaller ones; the pattern of pink and white banding of the minarets, formed of brick and plaster, has been described as "blood and bandage".[9][11] The mosque has 3 domes, the largest of which reached 21.3 metres (70 ft) in height. The prayer hall is located beneath the domes.[2]

Nearby is the  SP7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek LRT station that is served by the Kelana Jaya Line, Sri Petaling Line and Ampang Line. The station is located between Chinatown and Little India; Dataran Merdeka is also nearby.

Imams and Muadhins of Jamek Mosque[edit]

  • Imams:
    • Ustaz Hj. Abdul Halim bin Yatim (1990's - present)
    • Ustaz Mohd Zamri bin Shafie (2004-2013)
    • Ustaz Mohd Faisal bin Tan Mutallib (Chief Of Imams at Jamek Mosque from 2010–present)
    • Ustaz Mohd Saiful Azhar (Chief Of Imams at Jamek Mosque from ?-2010)
    • Ustaz Mohd Hisyam (2012)
    • Ustaz Mohd Syukri (2012–present)
    • Ustaz Ahmad Firdaus (2013 - 2014)
    • Ustaz Abdul Razak (Feb 2015)
  • Muadhins:
    • Ustaz Mohd Al-Shahqafi (2011-2012)
    • Ustaz Mohd Syukri (December 2011-July 2012)
    • Ustaz Nor Azaruddin bin Ahmad
    • Ustaz Mohd Izwan bin Sharif (Until Nov 2014)
    • Ustaz Mohd Hafiz (Since July 2012)
    • Ustaz Mohd Farhan (Since Jun 2013)
    • Ustaz Ahmad Sayuti (Since Feb 2015)

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Jamek Mosque". Tourism Malaysia. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Masjid Jamek, a beautiful mosque surrounded by the city". Malaysia Travel Guide. 
  3. ^ "Masjid Jamek: Friday Mosque". History Asia. 
  4. ^ J.M. Gullick (2000). A History of Kuala Lumpur 1856-1939. The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. p. 164. 
  5. ^ Bavani M (13 April 2016). "Rock-solid proof of 200-year-old graves". The Star. 
  6. ^ a b Lam Seng Fatt (15 October 2011). Insider's Kuala Lumpur (3rd Edn): Is No Ordinary Travel Guide. Open Your Eyes to the Soul of the City (3rd Revised ed.). Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. pp. 38–39. ISBN 9789814435390. 
  7. ^ "Masjid warga kota". Utusan Online. 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Malaysian Institute of Architects (2007). Architectural Heritage: Kuala Lumpur - Pre-Merdeka. Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia. 
  9. ^ a b Audrey Southgate, Gregory Byrne Bracken (15 January 2014). A Walking Tour Kuala Lumpur (2nd ed.). Marshall Cavendish Editions. ISBN 9789814516945. 
  10. ^ Malaysian Institute of Architects (2007). Architectural Heritage: Kuala Lumpur - Pre-Merdeka. Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia. p. 20. 
  11. ^ "Hubback Walk". Museum Volunteers, JMM. 

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