Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu
KotaKinabalu Sabah CityMosque-08.jpg
Religion
AffiliationShafi'i
Leadership
  • Imam Besar : Ustaz Suhaidi bin Haji Kuanting Al-Hafiz (2017 - Now)
  • 2nd Imam : Ustaz Zamzuhardi bin Zakaria Al-Hafiz
  • 3rd Imam : Ustaz Muhd Mokhtar bin Hj Munir Al-Hafiz
  • 4th Imam : Ustaz Muhd Zaki bin Haji Abdul Wahid Al-Hafiz
  • 5th Imam : Ustaz Haji Hafiz bin Datuk Dr Hamzah Al-Hafiz
  • 6th Imam : Haji Sani
Location
LocationKota Kinabalu
StateSabah
Architecture
Architectural styleIslamic, Modern
Construction costMYR 34 million
Specifications
Capacity12,000
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 Suhaidi Kuanting.[1]

History[edit]

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

Features[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alamat dan Perhubungan" [Address and Contact]. Official Website (in Malaysian). Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. ^ "Pengenalan" [Introduction]. Official Website (in Malaysian). Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Masjid Bandaraya, Kota Kinabalu" [City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu] (PDF). Suara Masjid (in Malaysian). 7 (59): 7. October 2008. ISSN 1511-9149. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 March 2012.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  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. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ "City Mosque". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.

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Coordinates: 5°59′45.0888″N 116°06′27.9″E / 5.995858000°N 116.107750°E / 5.995858000; 116.107750