Strategically located at the heart Kota Kinabalu, close to the city’s other attractions, Sabah’s State Mosque is one of the state’s architectural masterpieces. Architects from three countries – Malaysia, Italy and Egypt – were involved in its construction which began in 1970 and fully completed in 1975.
The mosque is a unique combination of Middle Eastern and contemporary styles. Its stunning dome is covered in honeycomb pattern and gold inlay motifs, and was inspired from the domes of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Bailtul Maqdis, Blue Mosque in Istanbul and Jamek Mosque in New Delhi. Its 215-feet-tall minaret took inspiration from the minarets of Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid An-Nabawi in Medina. Sixteen towers topped with smaller golden domes encircle the structure, forming part of the building. A golden band of Qur’anic inscriptions wraps around each tower. Its interior is decorated with fine Arabic calligraphies, colourful mosaic tiles and pure Italian marble flooring.
Sabah’s State Mosque can accommodate up to 5,000 worshippers at a time. Also available are a special balcony exclusively reserved for female worshippers with a capacity of 500 persons and a public hall with a capacity of 2,000 persons where seminars, conferences and lectures can be held. Also located within the grounds of the mosque is the Sabah State Mausoleum, where bodies of the state’s prominent Muslim figures are laid to rest.