The paradise of Langkawi, which lies west to Peninsular Malaysia, is home to a religious place of importance for many of the island’s Muslim inhabitants.
Reported as the largest and most popular mosque, AI-Hana Mosque is an important religious place to visit in Malaysia and a popular attraction for people taking a trip to Langkawi.
Constructed in hues of peach and gold, the structure is located west of the stunning Lagenda Langakwi Dalam Taman, along Persiaran Putra. Those who take a tour in Langkawi will note its perfect location close to the waterfront in Kuah town.
This spot means that local Muslim patrons are easily accommodated as they do not have to travel far to pray. Visitors who would like to appreciate the structure’s architecture can also find it easily.
Topped with a gleaming gold dome, the white washed mosque (also known as Masjid Al-Hana) is conveniently located to many of Langkawi’s other tourist attractions including Dataran Lang and the Kompleks Jeti Pelancongan.
Built in the Moorish style, while Masjid Al-Hana may not be as impressive as some of Malaysia’s other mosques, the architecture is a piece of art in itself. Subsequently a visit should be included in any planned holiday in Malaysia.
Constructed in 1959, the Malay-style architecture features Islamic and traditional motifs from Uzbekistan and follows the conventional mosque design. The gilded main dome and several smaller ones surrounding it, and the minarets and arches never fail to impress those who look upon it.
The main hall features carvings and verses from Quran which are engraved on the walls, doors and fittings. The pulpit from which the imam (leader of prayer) stands on to deliver his sermons is also beautifully carved.
The overwhelming impressiveness of the mosque is no more apparent than in the early evening when the silence is broken by the call to prayer.
The mosque also holds a special place in the hearts of the locals as it was opened by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, in the same year that it was built.
Islam is the dominant religion in Malaysia where followers make up 61 percent, a country which prides itself on being multicultural and multiconfessional.
Although Islam is recognized as the state religion, Malaysia does have a secular constitution. Due to this, many mosques and other religious services are supported by the government. Control of the mosques is usually done on a state rather than a federal level.
Islam is thought to have been brought to Malaysia around the 12th century by Indian traders. In the early 15th century the Malacca Sultanate, considered the first independent state in the peninsula, was founded. Through the Muslim prince’s influence of Malacca, Islam spread throughout the Malay population.
Many Muslim holy days are national holidays, including the end of Ramadan, the end of the Hajj, and the birthday of Mohammed. Several other religious holidays are also officially recognized including Wesak Day (Buddhist), Deepavali (Hindu), Christmas (Christian) and Thaipusam (Hindu). On the Borneo islands of Sabah and Sarawak the Christian holiday of Good Friday is also practiced.
For visitors who are interested in finding out more about what to do in Malaysia, a tour in Langkawi will provide a perfect combination of stunning scenery, cultural attractions and gorgeous sun drenched beaches.
Religion plays a critical role in Malaysian life so for those wanting a real insight in local cultural and wants to know what to do in Malaysia, a visit to Al-Hana mosque is a must.
Reputably one of the best places to visit in Malaysia, a trip to Langkawi will leave you wanting to visit again and again.
A holiday in Malaysia is something truly special.
Adopting responsible travel principles is becoming more important as the need to preserve the integrity of Malaysia’s religious treasures grows.
Visitors are reminded to be respectful of local people praying at the mosque, to dress appropriately and to take just memories when visiting any place of cultural importance. This will ensure it can be enjoyed by others for generations to come.