HISTORY OF MASJID NEGARA, MALAYSIA
As a result of the independence of Malaya which was achieved without any bloodshed, the National Mosque was built as a symbol of appreciation from the leaders and people. Allahyarham YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman the First Prime Minister, proposed the construction of this mosque. This mosque has been designed by Malay, constructed by Chinesse and Indian. It has become a symbol of unity and tolerance among the people because it involved people of all races at the time.The cost of construction was covered in part by donations from the public regardless of race, religion( Islamic, Christian, Buddha and Hindus), or social standingbesides of funding from the federal government.
People’s initial suggestion of naming the mosque after YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman’s name.However , he did not agree with the suggestion and gave the name to the mosque with National Mosque.
Since its completion on 27 August 1965, National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, has become a majestic symbol for Islam in Malaysia. Before the existence of Shah Alam Mosque, National Mosque is one of the best mosque in South-East Asia.
The mosque was officially opened by Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Al-Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail on 27 August 1965, 30 RabiulAkhir 1385 Hijrah.
The architectural of this mosque obviously portrait the Islamic characteristics and the nationality of citizen of Malaysia. The completion and maintenance of the construction were done by a group of architect from Design and Research Division, Federal Department of Public Works. It is involved almost three years to built the National Mosque.
Mr.Baharuddin bin Abu Kassim, the main architect, made some research on several mosques at Pakistan, Iran, Turki, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Republic and Spain before starting todesign the National Mosque.
The art of the building is at the minaret that look like a rocket which is 245 feet from the sea level become one of the specialities of the National Mosque. The...