Zahir Mosque

The Zahir Mosque (Malay: Masjid Zahir) is a mosque in Alor Setar, Kota Setar, Kedah, Malaysia, and the state mosque of the state of Kedah. The Zahir Mosque is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia, having been built in 1912.[1] The Zahir Mosque has been voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the world.[2]

Zahir Mosque
Masjid Zahir
LocationAlor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Shown within Alor Setar
Geographic coordinates6°07′13″N 100°21′54″E
StyleIslamic, Indo-Saracenic
Zahir Mosque prayer hall


The mosque was built upon the tomb and grave of fallen Kedah warrior that die during Siamese invasion of Kedah.

The design was inspired by the vision of the late Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II, who was in turn inspired by the Azizi Mosque of the Langkat Sultanate in North Sumatra.[1] The state's annual Qurʾān-reading competition is held within the premises of the mosque.

See also


  1. "Zahir Mosque". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. "Top Ten Most Beautiful Mosques". Archived from the original on 17 February 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2022.

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