Masjid As Syakirin
The As Syakirin Mosque is a mosque located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). The mosque Built in 1998 and is situated near the public park adjacent to the famous Suria KLCC shopping centre and the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world.
The mosque features interesting architecture of West Asia specially Uzbek design combined with a taste of East Asia and was built by Uzbekistan craftsmen using marble and granite. The mosque has intricate carvings and calligraphy on the interior walls as well as on the dome internals.
In 2009, the mosque went through a major renovation to increase the capacity from 6000 people to 12,000 people.
Note the absence of a minaret. Strictly speaking a minaret is not religious requirement for a mosque. The earliest mosques were built without minarets but later these became a part of Islamic Architecture to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer (adhan) was made. With advent of loudspeakers the role of minarets is now more of an adherence to a tradition as well as of a visual indication to the location of a mosque.