On the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur’s stunning Lake Gardens sits the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, housing items from the tiniest pieces of jewellery and intricate craftsmanship to the enormity of the world’s largest scale model of the mosque Masjid Al-Halim in Mecca. The museum, opened in 1998, is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, occupying some 30,000 square metres of premium gallery space, with a wealth of exhibitions showcasing the best of Islamic history and culture. Take a look at the newest exhibits to be found within these celebrated halls.
These manuscripts from the 16th to the 19th Century reflect the blessings to the prophet directly from prominent Sufi master, Imam Al-Jazuli. In its native land of Morocco, Dala’il Al-Khayrat has become an important prayer book and has inspired countless calligraphers and painters as it has spread across the Muslim world.
Running from 8 March until 11 July, the display of these manuscripts represent the history and diverse art forms of the Islamic world and reveal to non-Muslim visitors the Islamic importance of praising their prophet.
The Chulia in Penang
A site of great historical importance in Malaysia, Chulia Street in Penang was where many Indian Muslims first came to the country and made this part of the island a real hybrid community. Today, the Kapitan Kling Mosque continues to attract Muslims and Islamophiles the world over and the Chulia community thrives in Penang to this very day.
In this exhibition, celebrate the history of this vibrant and prosperous community and their contributions to the local arts and culinary scene through breathtaking photography. Having been running since the end of January, the Chulia exhibit comes to a close at the end of March, so this is your last chance to learn about the dynamic Penangites.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
WHERE Jalan Lembah Perdana
ADMISSION RM14 (adult), RM7 (child, student and senior citizen)