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Larry Lam's Guide Note
KUALA LUMPUR

WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN MOSQUE

(Collated and compiled by Wong Fot Jaw from current local newspapers and brochures.)

This is the 44th mosque built by the Government within the city limits. Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad set up the "Federal Territory Mosque Development Fund" on Jan 21, 1998 and the construction was made possible through the contributions of Muslims.

The mosque is situated on a five hectare site (which was vacated by the Subordinate Courts) near the Government Office Complex in Jalan Duta. The construction began in 1997 and was open for public use on 25th October, 2000. Other important institutions nearby are the National Archives, Institute for Islamic Understanding, Malaysian Examinations Sydicate Board, Asia-Pacific Development Centre (APDC) and the Law Courts complex.

It is able to accommodate 17,000 devotees at one time. The whole building is about 47,000 square metres. It bears the "Mosque in the Garden" concept and is influenced by the traditional Othomanian mosques in Turkey.

This place of worship and prayers also serves as a community centre and an institution for the development of Islamic knowledge. Facilities for community service includes a multi-purpose hall and a dining hall for the public. Educational facilities includes nursery, pre-school, school, hostel, library and computer room.

This exquisite mosque, with Islamic influences from Morocco and Iran, was designed by the Public Works Department (PWD) using the latest computer-aided technology.

The intricately-designed motifs on the domes were fabricated with close-precision by Dian Kreatif - a joint-venture company which utilises German technology - at its premises in Composite Technology City in Malacca.

There are 22 domes in this mosque. The domes are made from composite material which comprises glass fibre fabric that is mixed with epoxy resin hardener to make it durable but light. Unlike conventional concrete domes of previously-constructed mosques which could possibly "crumble or crack" over a period of time, composite domes are constructed in the form of separate panels that are bolted together during assembly.

The FT Mosque was constructed by "Class A" Bumiputera contractor Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad, which also built the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) mosque in Sepang and International Islamic University (IIU) Engineering/Architecture Faculties in Gombak, Selangor.

Wood carvings seen on the wooden curtains and main doors are done by local craftsmen from Kelantan and Terengganu. The designs are floral and inspired by local flowers.

Carved marble can be seen at the Mihrab and the gateway of the Main Entrance. These are specially flown in from India (similar to those used in the building of the Taj Mahal) and carved by Indian carvers (descendants of the original carvers of the Taj Mahal).

The Muqarnas at the Mihrab is Iranian in design. It is made from the Makrana marble originating from India.

A shallow pool which surrounds the building, adding beauty and provides an illusion of a floating mosque. It also helps to keep the building cool in the tropical heat.


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