Jamek Mosque

Jamek Mosque, officially Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque (Malay: Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad) is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak. The mosque was designed by British architect and soldier Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909.

The name "Jamek" is the Malay equivalent of the Arabic word jāmiʿ (جامع) meaning a place where people congregate to worship. It is also referred to as "Friday Mosque" by the locals.

 Masjid Jamek in 1935

The mosque was built on the location of an old Malay burial place at the confluence of Klang and Gombak River and named Jamek Mosque.[1][2] A couple of mosques previously existed in the Java Street and Malay Street area serving the Malay communities, but Jamek Mosque was the first large mosque to be built in Kuala Lumpur. The foundation stone of the mosque was laid by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah on 23 March 1908, and the Sultan officially opened the mosque on 23 December 1909.[3][4] The construction of the mosque cost $32,625, funded in part by the Malay community with contribution from the British colonial government.[5] The architect was Arthur Benison Hubback who designed the mosque in the Indo-Saracenic style, loosely reflecting Indian Muslim Mughal architectural style.[6] Masjid Jamek served as Kuala Lumpur's main mosque until the national mosque, Masjid Negara, was built in 1965.

The mosque has since been expanded with extensions built, and the addition of a roof over the originally open-air forecourt.[7] One of the domes of the mosque collapsed in 1993 due to heavy rain, but has since been repaired.[3]

On 23 June 2017, the mosque was renamed Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque by Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah after his ancestor — the fourth Sultan of Selangor Sultan Abdul Samad — as the mosque was originally built on land that was part of the state of Selangor.[8]

^ J.M. Gullick (2000). A History of Kuala Lumpur 1856-1939. The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. p. 164. ^ Bavani M (13 April 2016). "Rock-solid proof of 200-year-old graves". The Star. Archived from the original on 1 April 2017. ^ a b Lam Seng Fatt (15 October 2011). Insider's Kuala Lumpur (3rd Edn): Is No Ordinary Travel Guide. Open Your Eyes to the Soul of the City (3rd Revised ed.). Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-981-4435-39-0. ^ "Masjid warga kota". Utusan Malaysia. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. ^ Cite error: The named reference travel guide was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ Malaysian Institute of Architects (2007). Architectural Heritage: Kuala Lumpur - Pre-Merdeka. Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia. ^ Audrey Southgate; Gregory Byrne Bracken (15 January 2014). A Walking Tour Kuala Lumpur (2nd ed.). Marshall Cavendish Editions. ISBN 978-981-4516-94-5. ^ Cite error: The named reference KL's oldest mosque was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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