The Crystal Mosque of Kuala Terengganu

The famous Masjid Kristal (or Crystal Mosque, in English) in a setting akin to the Taj Mahal. Reknowned for its design and 'special effects', it is a sight to behold. (@ all rights reserved)
The famous Masjid Kristal (or Crystal Mosque, in English) in a setting akin to the Taj Mahal. Renowned for its design and ‘special effects’, it is a sight to behold. (@ all rights reserved)

The Crystal Mosque of Kuala Terengganu is a relatively new mosque. It does not have hundreds of years to its history.

And neither can it accommodate thousands and thousands of worshippers as some of the old and venerable mosques can.

But despite all that, the Crystal Mosque is really a sight to behold.

Located within the grounds of the Islamic Heritage Park and facing the Terengganu River (or Sungai Terengganu), the Crystal Mosque or to use its Malay name, Masjid Kristal, is made of steel, glass and crystal.

The main entrance to Masjid Kristal (@ all rights reserved)
The main entrance to Masjid Kristal (@ all rights reserved)

It is a mosque more renowned for its design and ‘lighting special effects’, both in the daytime and at night, rather than by its size or lack of it.

Its is relatively small compared to the other mosques located elsewhere in the state and in Kuala Terengganu itself, but it can accommodate a congregation of 1,500 people at any one time, which is quite sizeable by itself.

The grounds of Masjid Kristal - facing the Terengganu River (or Sungai Terengganu). (@ all rights reserved)
The grounds of Masjid Kristal – facing the Terengganu River (or Sungai Terengganu). (@ all rights reserved)

Construction work on the Crystal Mosque began in 2006 with the two-year labour of love being finally and officially unveiled to the public on February 8, 2008, aptly enough by the then 13th DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.

The Islamic Heritage Park itself, where the Crystal Mosque is located, is not that far away from the Terengganu State Museum, where we were last at.

From the Terengganu State Museum, the more than adequate signboards will effortlessly guide you to the Islamic Heritage Park and once in the park, onwards to the famed Crystal Mosque itself.

The pulpit of Masjid Kristal where the Imam delivers his sermon during Friday prayers. (@ all rights reserved)
The pulpit of Masjid Kristal where the Imam delivers his sermon during Friday prayers. (@ all rights reserved)

Making your way to through the Islamic Heritage Park, you will come across the Islamic Heritage Park’s Convention Centre, which is itself a nice piece of architecture.

But being a ‘nice piece of architecture’ alone is, however, not enough.

The convention centre is just that. It is not only a ‘nice piece of architecture’ but also a functioning facility, what with seminars and talks and weddings and other events organized within the convention centre.

The Convention Centre at the Islamic Heritage Park. (@ all rights reserved)
The Convention Centre at the Islamic Heritage Park. (@ all rights reserved)

Admittedly it is a bit out-of-the-way from the normal locations for events of this kind, but what it does is to render focus and undivided attention on the occasion at hand.

The park offers more than ample parking space as well as wide, spacious and beautifully landscaped grounds, for visitors to the theme park to walk about and get some fresh air, away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

Not forgetting the waterfront next to the Crystal Mosque, of course where it offers a view of the city of Kuala Terengganu itself.

There’s something about what a large expanse of water can do to your sense of peacefulness and serenity especially in a religious setting that is just better to accept it than to dissect it.

A view of Kuala Terengganu, as seen from Masjid Kristal (or Crystal Mosque), with the Sultan Mahmud Bridge in the foreground. (@ all rights reserved)
A view of Kuala Terengganu, as seen from Masjid Kristal (or Crystal Mosque), with the Sultan Mahmud Bridge in the foreground. (@ all rights reserved)

As mentioned, the Crystal Mosque is a sight to behold, both in daytime and nighttime.

Try making a trip across the Terengganu River via the Sultan Mahmud bridge nearby, look across and you’ll see what I mean.

 

Date : 6 July 2015

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