Al-Hana Mosque

When we went to Langkawi for New Year’s, the only thing we planned out was a day of snorkeling and then watching the fireworks on the beach. Other than that we had no set plans. This was probably our most relaxed trip and we ended up having a good time just wandering around Kuah, the town we stayed in, and checking out other parts of the island.

The first thing we did after our day of snorkeling and swimming was to visit Al-Hana Mosque. We’d only been living in Malaysia for about two months and hadn’t visited any yet, so when we saw a mosque just down the street from the hotel we decided to walk down there after breakfast and check it out.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

The proper Islamic term for a mosque is Masjid. Mosque is just the English equivalent, so the proper name for this mosque is Masjid Al-Hana Langkawi. But I’m going to keep calling it Al-Hana Mosque because it’s feels more natural for me.

Al-Hana Mosque was built in 1959 and inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman. From the time it was built until now it has been the largest and most popular mosque on the island. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design by having a large gilded main dome surrounded by several smaller ones.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Visiting the mosque was nice. There was nobody else there when we were there, so we just wandered around and took our time.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

The first room we visited was the Prayer Hall. This room is the central room of a mosque is called musalla, which means “place for prayer”. There is no furniture in the prayer hall since worshipers sit, kneel, and bow directly on the floor. Chairs can be brought in to assist elderly or disabled worshipers who have difficulty with mobility. The carpet in most mosques will have lines or some form of design that is in a straight line so that worshipers can arrange themselves in orderly rows.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Along the walls and pillars of the prayer hall, there are usually bookshelves to hold copies of the Qur’an, wooden book stands (rihal), other religious reading material, and individual prayer rugs.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

The curtained area in the corner is the area set aside for the female congregants to pray in private, though most women pray at home where they are unencumbered by their formal outerwear.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

While the furnishing may be sparse, the decor is quite lovely. The main prayer hall has abstract floral patterns and selected verses from the Quran etched into the walls along with beautiful stained glass.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

I learned in my Art History class last semester that Islamic art does not depict actual floral themes nor do they paint or carve animals and humans because Muslims believe that it violates the Second Commandment regarding graven images. So, basically, they avoid any type of decor that represents anything that can be found in nature. I’ve found it very interesting that the artists have created such beautifully abstract vegetal designs that don’t actually depict plants, but are clearly inspired by them. It’s quite beautiful.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

And then at the back of the prayer room are both the mihrab and the minbar.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

The mihrab is an ornamental indentation in the wall of a mosque, which marks the direction of the qiblah, which means “direction of the Ka’aba”. The Ka’aba, the most sacred site in Islamic culture, is located in Mecca, which is why most people think Muslims pray to Mecca. The Ka’aba is their religion’s House of God. Muslims are required to pray facing in the direction of the Ka’aba and the mihrab marks the exact direction for them.

Mihrabs vary in size and color, but are usually shaped like a doorway and elaborately decorated to make the space stand out.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Next to the mihrab is the minbar. The minbar the place from which sermons or speeches are given. The minbar is usually made of carved wood, stone, or brick. It includes a short staircase leading to the top platform,.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

This was by the mihrab. At first I thought it was a list of prayer times for that day, but there are 7 clocks and Muslims only pray 5 times a day. My other theory is that the top 5 clocks are the prayer times an the bottom 2 are sunrise/sunset times, but I can’t find anything to support that. I really think it’s the prayer times with the sunrise/sunset times, but don’t quote me on that because I have nothing other than my own thoughts to back that up. For all I know, it could be a list of different time zones around the world.

***EDIT: Many thanks to Nazifah for leaving a comment explaining the clocks. This is what she said,

“The 5 clocks above is the five daily prayers. From the right, it shows the afternoon prayer, late noon prayer, sunset prayer, night prayer & morning prayer. Each prayer normally takes about 7-10 minutes.

In the second row; the clock on the left is the imsak time which is few minutes before the morning prayer begins. This time is important for fasting, we should stop taking meals and start fasting. And the clock on the right is the syuruk time which means the end time for morning prayer.”

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Once we left the prayer room we wandered around the rest of the mosque. It’s not quite as fascinating as the prayer hall, but it still has some neat things to see. Outside we found this water font. Before praying, Muslims must wash their hands, mouths, arms, feet, face, heads, necks, nostrils and ears. This is one of the sites at the mosque where this is done.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

This is an overflow area for when there are too many people to fit in the main prayer hall. This one isn’t as comfortable and I’m betting this is done as incentive for people to arrive early for prayers.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Found a mirror and decided to take a picture of myself. We went to a local shop the night before so I could purchase a headscarf. The ladies in the shop said it would be too difficult for me to learn how to put the scarf on correctly myself without someone to walk me through it in the morning, so they just told me to wear it like this. They giggled a bit when I modeled it for them and said I would make a lovely Muslim. haha.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

I love how the windows are shaped like the onion dome on the top of the building.  It really makes everything so cohesive.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

This reads: Official (i think it’s the office). Council Meeting. Seminar Hall. Refectory. Prayer Hall. Male Toilets. Men’s Ablution. Health is a shared responsibility. 

And because there is a Islamic children’s school just next to the mosque, it also says: Children are forbidden to wash clean in this ablution. Please remove your shoes below.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Wouldn’t you just love to have an outdoor table like this in your backyard? I know I would. It’s pretty fantastic.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Even the fences match the mosque. I’d love to have this around my yard, except without the onion domes. Maybe just a ball or dish.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Here you can see some of the speakers that broadcast the call to prayer 5 times a day.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

This is the other cleaning area. It looks much more modern than the other area and able to accommodate more people, so I’m assuming that this area was added several years after the original mosque was built.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

This is the Islamic school next to the mosque. I love how bright and happy all the colors are.

Al-Hana Mosque is also known as Masjid Al Hana. It was built in 1959 in Kuah Town on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. The structure combines Islamic motifs from Uzbekistan with Malay-style architecture and follows conventional mosque design.

Before we left, a taxi pulled through the gates and drove over to us. The driver spoke decent English and asked us if we needed a ride anywhere. Since our hotel was just down the street and the next place we were going was within walking distance, we told him no, thank you. He then started asking us where we were from. He actually thought we were Syrian, since we were white. But after he found out we are Christian Americans, he was completely floored. He wanted to know why I was dressed like a Muslim woman and we told him that we wanted to visit the mosque in a respectful manner. He was delighted and said he couldn’t wait to tell his wife about us. And then he gave us his card, saying said he’d love to drive us around if we needed a taxi while we were in town.

We were quite surprised, actually, about the whole conversation. That had never happened before. This was our first time visiting a mosque and it was nice to see that our desire to dress respectfully had made a positive impact on someone. We left the mosque feeling quite happy and glad we’d made the time to go there.

  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Location: Lencongan Putra 2 (located beside the Kuah Tourism Information office)
  • Dress: Shoes must not be worn inside the mosque. Women should be modestly dressed (clothing that covers the body from the wrists to the ankles).
  • Note: Visitors are required to remain quiet as a sign of respect to those in prayer. I’d recommend not visiting on a Friday since that’s when the most locals will be there. We were there about 8:30 am and there was nobody there, so going first thing in the morning would be a good idea if you want to avoid other people.
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16 Replies to “Al-Hana Mosque”

  1. MUNIR ALHAID

    Hi Erin!
    My name MUNIR, i bumped accidentally to your blog, indeed i found that it is a very informative and well researched has been explored. Well I’m a Muslim “THANK YOU VERY MUCH” for respecting my religion and for the love of my country. Please do let me know if i could be in any assistance on the travel part as i’m in a travel and tourism company here.

    Best of Regards,
    Love from Malaysia.

    Reply
    • Erin Post author

      Thank you for your comment! I do love Malaysia and have developed a great respect for your religion and those who practice it. A great majority of the Muslims I came in contact with while I was in Malaysia were very kind and helpful. Thank you for your offer of assistance for next time I am in Malaysia. I will definitely send you a message next time I am over there. Thank you.

      Reply
  2. Nazifah

    Hi Erin!
    I just came across this article. Very informative!
    I just want to add about the prayer clocks. Yes, the 5 clocks above is the five daily prayers. From the right, it shows the afternoon prayer, late noon prayer, sunset prayer, night prayer & morning prayer. Each prayer normally takes about 7-10 minutes.

    In the second row; the clock on the left is the imsak time which is few minutes before the morning prayer begins. This time is important for fasting, we should stop taking meals and start fasting. And the clock on the right is the syuruk time which means the end time for morning prayer. Hope this info is helpful =)

    Reply
    • Erin Post author

      Thank you, Nazifah! Your info was very helpful. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain the clocks to me. I’ve updated the post to include your information. Thank you, again, for explaining what the clocks are for.

      Reply
  3. luckyseventen

    I really enjoyed your coverage of this mosque. I found the detail and story their art so interesting knowing this I will probably more attention to fabrics, artwork, pillows etcs to see if they took inspiration from this type of abstract art. Truly amazing post, thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. mmgmom

    I have never seen a mosque before so thank you for sharing it with us. It is absolutely breathtaking, the colors and the design is absolutely gorgeous. And the fountain for washing is amazing. I think you looked pretty good in your head scarf,

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  5. michelle bowman

    I’ve never been in Malaysia. But i think such a nice place to visit! and that place was historical i love the pictures i want to see it personally co’z i’m so amazed to the structures . the outside view was looks great and when you in the inside really amazing love your post

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  6. CouponDivaDesirae

    Wow just wow! Your pictures are amazing. I would love to travel outside the country one day to learn and see a whole new life. The colors throughout your pictures is just amazing and make me feel like I am right there. Thank you so much for showing us your adventures 🙂

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  7. Rally L.C.

    The Islamic culture fascinates me and it is one of my dreams to explore it closely. So far I’ve explored it reading books and watching movies. I enjoied your tour of Al Hana Mosque through your pictures, I find it fascinating and rich in culture. Kudos to you for respecting their traditions, whenever I go I am looking to respect the local customs too. You know, you look beautiful with the scarf on.

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  8. Joanne T Ferguson

    I have been to this mosque and of your photos I am in awe! They made me smile as I can remember the exact day and I love the history and architecture all around! I am also respectful of other people’s cultures and dressed appropriately!

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  9. Esme Sy

    I have never visited a mosque and thanks to your photos, it’s like I was there, too. The designs are amazing and I love the art patterns that were used. I especially like the round ceiling and the beautiful stained glass windows. How nice of the taxi driver for his offer to drive you around. It’s unusual, but he seems very nice.

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  10. Sarah Marturano

    Wow, very pretty! I love all the color, it’s very bright and cheerful. I’d love to go to Malaysia someday. I always see pictures and it looks beautiful. It’s always fun seeing things that every other tourist isn’t visiting. There’s so much misconception around mosques and it’s nice to see that they are open to visitors.

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  11. Tammilee

    I have never been to Malaysia!! This would be a beautiful country to get to visit and to explore. I have never been to a Muslim Mosque before it looks very so beautiful and peaceful to be able to walk through. I like that you’ve explained what the different parts are for and why they’ve decorated the way they have.

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  12. rika

    Thats a beautiful mosque ! I’ve visited indonesia, malaysia and saw mosque everywhere. We also have one mosque nearby (we live in San Diego). I really want to visit Turkey. I heard they have the highest number of mosques. I have families live in Indonesia and Malaysia, i can’t wait to go back to visit them during Ramadhan.

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  13. Pixie Dust Savings (@PixieDustSaving)

    I have never been to Malaysia and probably won’t make it there so this post post is a wonderful tour of what it is like there. That is a beautiful mosque. The colors are so vibrant and yes, I agree the designs are very nature inspired though they are not really pictures of nature. I think that is is interesting that men and women worship in different areas since my faith believes that praying together is the glue that keeps families together. Great post!

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  14. Reginia Cordell

    I definitely missed a lot while in Malaysia. Your blog has given me so many places of note upon my return. Thanks for sharing things that are missed on the typical tourist lists.

    Reply

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