Saturday, January 30, 2010

Al-Fatihah

I always look at the bright side of things. Morbid as it sounds, if it weren't for Raja Din, I would have never taken time off to come visit this beautiful mosque.
Masjid Ubudiah is Perak's royal mosque and is located in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar.
The moment I stepped out from the car and put on my headscarf, I felt a gush of peace elope me.

The Masjid Ubudiah (or Ubudiah Mosque) stands proudly and majestically with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight, from near and afar.

The mosque was designed by a dude called Arthur Benison Hubback, a government architect who is notably credited for the design of both the Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

Built in 1917 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul'adzam Shah 1, the Masjid Ubudiah is located beside the Royal Mausoleum on Bukit Chandan. It was commissioned on the orders of the Sultan, who vowed that he would build a mosque of great beauty as thanksgiving for recovery from an illness which plagued him in those early days.

The construction of the mosque was not without difficulties. Work was interrupted several times, once when two elephants belonging to the sultan's and Raja Chulan were fighting and ran over and damaged the imported Italian marble titles. YES. ITALIAN Marble.

The mosque was finally completed in late 1917 at a total cost of RM200,000- quite an astronomical figure for those days. It was officially declared open by Sultan Abdul Jalil Karamtullah Shah, successor to Sultan Idris. This imposing structure is now a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan, the Land of Grace


Uncle Din was safely buried in this Royal Mausoleum. Seen here is his eldest son. I met my friend Raja Endon Mastura through Eddy,but my friendship with her blossomed over the years and I am closer to her now than her brother.

Paying our respects: Daphne, Sabrena, Mastura and Aida. Where's Natasha?

"Chuak"
Ozeir...Ozeir...

Uncle Din...May your soul Rest In Peace. I'll come visit again sometime soon. Will bring you pau and my DSLR to take shots of where you used to grow up.


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