European beauty and Islamic architecture come together at a majestic mosque in the royal city of Muar, Johor.
The Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim is a rare monument that gives you a glimpse of Johor’s rich colonial past where the exotic East meets the elegant West.
Built between the year 1925 and 1930, the mosque is the oldest one that’s still standing in Muar. It was built to commemorate the 35-year-long reign of Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar.
Why you should go
The blue-and-white mosque exhibits an architectural design unlike any other mosque you can find in Malaysia.
You will notice a variety of architectural elements that resemble both a European mansion and a majestic mosque.
The European influence can be seen from its grand balcony at the top laced with exquisite balustrades all around its borders. Lofty pinnacles protrude from the edges, while load-bearing Greek columns project out of walls next to white windows.
But all of this goes in synergy with an Islamic spirit that radiates from the glistening blue dome, a quintessential trademark of Islamic architecture. And of course, a magnificent minaret stands at the side of the mosque where Muslims around the vicinity are called to gather and perform prayers.
What to do
You can visit the mosque to take stunning pictures of the building itself or the interesting objects inside. Within the compound is an antique sundial used in the past to tell the time of prayers.
There is also an intricately designed Turkish minaret which the imam (religious leader) stands on to give his sermon to the people. The ablution room is one to behold as it sits under a skylight ceiling so the lighting is just gorgeous.
Aside from that, take the opportunity to learn about the history woven in each detail of the mosque. You can read up on it prior to visiting the place, or you can also approach the imam who might just share his knowledge of the mosque. This will enhance your experience while you walk through its domains.
Do make sure to abide to the dress code in the mosque before stepping in. Both men and women would need to cover their knees and ankles; the women would also need to cover their arms with a long-sleeved top, and their hair with a headscarf.
Who will like it
The mosque is a gem for those who love to marvel at the intricacies of architectural designs. There are many facets in the design of this mosque which one can observe and admire for hours.
Those who love taking photos, especially of buildings and landscapes, would also have a good time exploring the ins and outs of this mosque.
And finally, for those who are invested in learning about history, much is to be gained from learning about the background of this grand mosque and what it represents.
If you’d like to visit the place by driving, biking, or taking a taxi or a Grab, you can type in these GPS coordinates on your gadgets or app: 2.0463° N, 102.5583° E. This will lead you directly to the mosque.