The Cyberjaya Mosque has been designed to cater for this growing population, of which fifty percent are Muslims, who will use this mosque for religious activities. Work on the design of the Cyberjaya Mosque began in early 2012 and completed in 2015. The Mosque’s design was inspired by the bespoke design of the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur that was completed in 1965.
With a capacity of about 8,300 people, the mosque is designed to be more than a place of worship, as it will also be used as a local centre for Islamic activities. It is situated on a 100-acre site which will eventually become an integral part of the new Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) campus.
The ethos behind the mosque’s design is to ensure that it will be a truly sustainable building and ultimately become a model for the design and building of future mosques in Malaysia. As such, the design adheres to the highest rating level, namely the Platinum rating of the Green Building Index (GBI) standard, incorporating recyclable materials, and energy efficient equipment to minimise energy usage to reduce its running costs. It will be one of the first mosques in the world to use solar panels to generate electricity and subscribing to a FIT scheme. The energy generated and supplied to the national grid will contribute to the country’s supply for renewable energy.
The mosque’s main prayer hall has been designed to be air-conditioned for two hours during Friday prayers and during prayers of other special Islamic occasions. At other times, it is envisaged that fans and ventilators will be sufficient to sustain an average daytime temperature of 26 degrees Celsius within the mosque’s main prayer hall. A large central courtyard with a tall signature tree situated before the main prayer hall is also designed to facilitate both natural ventilation and natural lighting to the floors above.
The mosque’s unique dome is perhaps one of its most innovative elements. The single dome is situated over the enclosed main prayer hall, and formed by the use of double glazed Low-E glass, providing both shade and a source of natural light. Rising hot air is extracted and released through ventilators positioned at the top of the dome’s underside and just below its pinnacle, thus releasing trapped hot air and reducing the temperature in the prayer hall. Retractable blinds will provide further shade when needed, so as to prevent direct sunlight in the main prayer hall.
A semi-enclosed, ‘overspill’ prayer area is cooled with the use of natural fans. The upper floor is accessible via moving walkway or travellator, as well as staircases and a glass lift. A green rooftop area,finished with the use of artificial turf, has the potential to accommodate a further 1,800 worshippers, and will be developed once the mosque approaches its current capacity. An iconic, five-tiered, slender minaret made of steel standing 27 metres (88 feet) high is situated at the front of the plaza, with an ablution area located below. The five tiers of the steel structure symbolise the five pillars of Islam.
As suggested by DYMM Tuanku Sultan Selangor, the mihrab and minbar should incorporate elements of traditional Malay carvings to be carried out by local craftsmen. The mihrab is farmed by a pointed arch with a wooden frame at the centre, flunked by a larger, square frame featuring geometric patterns and the names of God and the Prophet. A raised, wooden minbar platform is placed to the right, surmounted by a dome with similar patterns to that of the mosque’s building. The wooden elements symbolise Malaysia’s heritage and pay homage to its traditional art and design. The mosque was recently renamed as Masjid Raja Haji Fisabilillah.