Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Muhammadi Mosque, Kota Bharu

The Muhammadi Mosque in Kota Bharu is the state mosque of Kelantan Darul Naim and has been used on several occasions for the main celebrations in the Islamic calendar. It is a significant landmark in the town which features graceful arches and golden coloured domens.

The mosque was originally built in 1867 from premium wood during the reign of Sultan Muhammad II. The renovation works to transform the then wooden building to the present concrete building was made in 1922 and was officially opened on Friday the 31st July 1931 by His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail and named Muhammadi Mosque.

Numerous further extensions and renovations were made in 1959, 1968, 1976 and 1987, enabling it to accommodate the present 2400 devotees at any one prayer session.

During the 1860s to 1960s, the mosque was also the centre for religion teachings. Among the famous scholars that had once taught here were Hj Abd Rahman Arab, Hj Wan Abdullah, Hj Che Samat, Hj Nik Wan Daud, Hj Wan Muhammad Gagah, Sheikh Daud Al-Fatoni and the well known Tok Kenali.

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