Kota Kinabalu City Mosque

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Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu
KotaKinabalu Sabah CityMosque-08.jpg
Basic information
Location Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Affiliation Shafi'i
Architectural description
Architectural style Islamic, Modern
Construction cost MYR 34 million
Specifications
Capacity 12,000
Minaret(s) 4

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. As of June 2014 the head imam is Mokhtar Rapok.[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. 
  2. ^ "Pengenalan" [Introduction]. Official Website (in Malaysian). Archived from the original on 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  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. 
  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 – 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