The mosque has a comprehensive visitation programme that is conducted by volunteers.
One of the characteristics that makes Malaysia so special is its extremely rich and diversified culture. It is a mixture of many different ethnic groups, languages, religions and customs. Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan (also known as Masjid Wilayah for short, or the Federal Territory Mosque) conducts free tours that provide visitors a personalised and intimate glimpse into the beauty of Islam. More than just a serene venue for worship, the mosque also acts as a place for people from all backgrounds to come and learn about the various aspects of a Muslim?s prayer process.
If the structure of the mosque strikes some familiarity, that?s because architecture-wise, it is heavily influenced by Turkey?s iconic Blue Mosque. Further elements of traditional Malay and Middle Eastern designs make the mosque a truly spectacular venue. Visitors are required to dress modestly and free robes are available for use.
The mosque has a comprehensive visitation programme that is conducted by volunteers. Since the initiative started in 2009, it has attracted tourists from many parts of the world. That international appeal also lies in the volunteers? ability to conduct tours in French, Japanese, Tamil, Mandarin, English and of course, Bahasa Malaysia.
Despite its cosmopolitan location, Masjid Wilayah has been called a ?Mosque in the Garden?. The surrounding is a patch of refreshing greenery amid bustling traffic and nearby government complexes. Within the compound itself, visitors will find well-landscaped gardens and picturesque moats. Aerial views of the mosque are especially stunning, but exploring the grounds on foot is equally rewarding.
The tour usually lasts around 40 minutes. But during my visit, the guided walkthrough went past the designated time. Noting that this was my first time stepping into a mosque, my guide was especially patient in explaining the basic tenets of Islam and other unique aspects of the religion. If anything, visitors will leave with a better understanding of the faith.
Of course, there?s also much to see here. Masjid Wilayah is one of the country?s biggest modern mosques and visitors will have plenty to explore here. There?s also a reason it?s one of the most photographed mosques in Malaysia. The various design elements ? from the local woodcarving art on the arch to the important Islamic elements in the majestic prayer hall - need to be appreciated in person.
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