The National Mosque of Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur, at the heart of the city alongside Dayabumi building, Sultan Abdul Samad building and Dataran Merdeka. It is one of the most important icons of the country which reflects Islam as the official religion of the country.
Known locally as Masjid Negara, it was designed by Howard Ashley, Hisham Albarki and Baharuddin Kassim. The 3 personnel were formed from the then Public Works Department which featured a 73-meter high minaret and a 16 pointed star roof. Datuk Baharuddin Kassim, as he is known today was in 2009 honoured by PAM (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia) with the very distinguished and reputable PAM Gold Medal for his works in the design of the National Mosque as well as in other contributions to the architecture field of Malaysia.
The National Mosque is operated under the Malaysian government which is able to house up to 15,000 people at any time. This makes it one of the biggest mosques in the country with a modern and contemporary style which still stays relevant to present day. Before the mosque was built, the land was occupied by the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall since 1922 before the land was acquired and the mosque built to symbolize the official religion of Malaysia, welcoming thousands of Muslims to its prayer halls mainly on Fridays and other celebrations.
It once had pink concrete roof which was changed during the renovation works in 1987 and now comes with an underground pass that connects the mosque with the KTM Railway Station in Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin.