Zahir Mosque


Malaysian Masjid zahir
A country Malaysia
TownAlor Setar
Coordinates6 ° 06′59 ″ s w. 100 ° 21′57 ″ in. d. H G I O L
Type of mosqueJuma mosque
Architectural style islamic architecture
Key dates
15.10.1915 — mosque opening
total area11 558 m²
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Zahir (Malaysian. Masjid Zahir) - one of the most revered mosques in Malaysia. Located in the city of Alor Setar.


The mosque was built in 1912. The site of this mosque was a cemetery for Kedah warriors who died defending Kedah from the Siamese in 1821. The architecture of the mosque is prototypical and was inspired by the Aziz mosque in the city of Langkat, in northern Sumatra. This mosque is enlarged, with five major large domes symbolizing the five pillars of Islam.

The official opening ceremony was held on Friday, October 15, 1915 by Sultan Abdul-Hamid Halim Shah. Friday sermon was delivered by Tunka Mahmoud. Behind the Zahir Mosque are a Sharia court and a kindergarten.


Zahir Mosque occupies a plot of approximately 11,558 m². Its prayer hall is i5.8 m² and is surrounded by 2.4 m wide verandas with 4 mezzanine areas. Each mezzanine area is domed roofing. The main dome is located in the north-eastern part of the mosque. It is one of the greatest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. Every year, a festival of readers of the Koran is held in the mosque. Zahir Mosque is one of the 10 most beautiful mosques in the world.

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Zahir Mosque is considered one of the most noteworthy architectural attractions of the federal state of Kedah, and is included in the list of ten most beautiful mosques in the world. The mosque is located in the state capital - Alor Setar, one of the oldest cities in the region.

Zahir Mosque was built in 1912. The official opening of the mosque took place in October 1915, the ceremony was led by Sultan Abdul-Hamid Halim Shah. The building was built on the site of the cemetery, where the soldiers who died in battle with the invaders from Siam in 1821, when the latter tried to capture Kedah, rested. The architectural style of the mosque is one of a kind, the prototype of the mosque is the Azizi mosque, North Sumatra, Indonesia, but the Zahir mosque is larger than the Azizi mosque.

The mosque building is large, the area on which the building stands is more than 11.5 sq.m. On each corner of the mosque there is a minaret, there are five in total - 4 small ones and one that is inside, the largest. The mosque is decorated with five domes (4 small on minarets and 1 large), which symbolize the five basic principles of Islam. The mosque can accommodate about 5,000 people. Behind the mosque is the building in which the Sharia court is sitting, and a kindergarten.

Every year, a mosque reading contest is held in the mosque. This festival of readers of the Koran attracts a huge number of tourists.