Looking back at the whole month of Ramadhan, it has been a great spiritual journey for me. I’ve done something which I’ve always been inspired to do but never thought will have the guts to do – which was to pray at different mosques during Ramadhan!
The Omar Ali Safiuddien Mosque, Brunei.
The Tuanku Mizan Mosque, Putrajaya.
The Al-Al’la Mosque adjacent to Kampung Padang Jitra, Kedah.
It was nice to see the different ambiances in different localities. Apart from that, the recitation of the Dzikirs and the prayers also differ from one another. Throughout this Ramadhan, I’ve been to :-
- The Omar Ali Safiuddien Mosque, Brunei
- The Tuanku Mizan Mosque (Iron Mosque), Putrajaya
- The Al-A’la Mosque, Jitra
- The Zahir Mosque, Alor Star
- The Al-Bukhary Mosque, Alor Star
- The As-Shahab Jamek Mosque, Kepala Batas
- The Sharifah Fatimah Mosque, Jitra
- The Al-Husien Mosque (The Floating Mosque), Kuala Perlis
- The Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang
- The Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar
- The Sungai Masin Jamek Mosque, Batang Kali
- The Bandar Utama Batang Kali Mosque, Batang Kali
- The As-Sajidin Mosque, Batang Kali
- The Yayasan Mohamed Noah Mosque, Genting Highlands
- The Al Malik Khalid Mosque, USM Penang
- The Al-Muttaqin Mosque, Bandar Darulaman
The Zahir Mosque, the pride of Alor Setar. It is said that this mosque is considered as the 4th most beautiful mosque in the world.
The Al-Bukhary Mosque, Alor Star. It has another twin built by the same Al-Bukhary Foundation at Jalan Hang Tuah, KL.
The As-Shahab Jamek Mosque at Kepala Batas, Kedah.
The Sharifah Fatimah Mosque at Jitra. The mosque is very techno-savvy with its live telecast in social media (prayers, sermons, community services, etc).
The Al-Husien Mosque (The Floating Mosque) at Kuala Perlis.
I could see the differences! For example at Al-Husien Mosque in Kuala Perlis, there were no Dzikirs during the intervals of the prayers, except for a 5 minutes hiatus, unlike the other Malaysian mosques. There are many claims to support the practices – some claim that Perlis practices Wahhabism, others said that Perlis is not Wahabbi but instead, practising the AUTHENTIC Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jamaah which is clear from all the Bidaah (unnecessary practices done by the Moslems but not the Prophet SAW himself). As I am not a legit religious scholar, I could not tell the definite truth – but Tarawikh at Kuala Perlis was smooth, sleek and concise; without lengthy and draggy Dzikirs. The same style of praying could be summarized for The Omar Ali Safiuddien Mosque at Brunei and The Al Malik Khalid Mosque in USM Penang!
The Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang. I got the shock of my life hearing the audible Dzikir with uncanny similarities to howling! Then again, all are for good intention which is to praise the Oneness of ALLAH SWT (Tauhid).
The iconic mosque of Kuala Kangsar, The Ubudiah Mosque.
Now at The Kapitan Keling Mosque was another story. I was quite taken aback by the interval Dzikirs which were recited in full volume of extreme howling by the crowd! At first I thought there were people making noise outside of the mosque – but turned out to be the ones who were praying, instead. That was a unique experience for me.
The Sungai Masin Jamek Mosque, Batang Kali. My first time although it ain’t that far from my place as it is located at the corner side at village area.
The Bandar Utama Batang Kali Mosque at Batang Kali primary township. I frequent this mosque for my Friday prayers.
The As-Sajidin Mosque at the old township of Batang Kali.
Apart from that, The Sharifah Fatimah Mosque in Jitra provided one unique experience. The mosque is famous for its modern approach and administration. It is very active in conducting community services and also techno-savvy with social media platforms and live telecast of prayers. Fully air-conditioned, the mosque is a testament of how modernism and Islam could gel with one another!
The Yayasan Mohamed Noah Mosque at Genting Highlands. It was very cool and relaxing to perform Tarawikh! The dome is somewhat resembles the arch of Sydney’s Opera House! Haha!
To perform Tarawikh at the Yayasan Mohamed Noah Mosque in Genting Highlands was also one of the highlights. Although I’ve been frequenting Genting Highlands for the umpteenth times as my house was not that far from the peak, that was my first time visiting the mosque as I was oblivious with its existence! To be able to perform at a naturally-cool mosque with comfortable ambiance was really something to be cherished. The dome’s wooden inner architecture was also very unique! I would definitely frequent this mosque, after this!
The Al Malik Khalid Mosque in USM Penang. This was purely an instantaneous decision as I was driving back to Jitra. Well, I am spontaneous person, no? And it should also be nice to reminisce the good ole days having Ramadhan at USM, no?
The finale of #ShahrillsJejakMasjid for Ramadhan 2017; The Al-Muttaqin Mosque, Bandar Darulaman.
On whole, I feel honoured and blessed that at least I’ve done something out-of-the-box in relate to my spirituality. I am looking forward to continue my #ShahrillsJejakMasjid my whole life! God bless!