It is located in the heart of Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia.
The mosque was built in 1912, a contributory effort of YTM Tunku
Mahmud Ibni Almarhum Sultan Tajuddin Mukarram Shah. The site of this
mosque was the cemetery of Kedah warriors who had died while defending
Kedah from the Siamese in 1821. The architecture of the mosque was
inspired by the AZIZI Mosque in Langkat town in north Sumatra. This
mosque is enhanced with five prime large domes symbolizing the five
Its official opening ceremony was held on Friday, 15 October 1915 by
the late HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. Tunku Mahmud read the Friday
sermon while HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah led the Friday prayer. Behind
Zahir Mosque is the Syariah Court building complex and Pre-School for
Children aged below 6 years old.
The Zahir Mosque occupies a site of approximately 124,412 square feet
(11,558.3 m2). Its center hall (Prayer Hall) measures 62 x 62 square
feet (5.8 m2) and is surrounded by verandahs of 8 feet (2.4 m) wide with
4 mezzanine areas. Each mezzanine area is roofed by a dome. The main
dome is located at the north-eastern part of the mosque building. It is
one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. The stateās Quran
reading competition is held annually within the premises of the mosque.
This mosque has been voted the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the