The Albukhary Mosque
In line with the Muslim building tradition, the first structure to emerge at the Sharifah Rokiah Centre of Excellence was the 10000 capacity Albukhary Mosque that was officially opened in 2001. It is a prominent landmark in Alor Setar that echoes several Islamic architectural languages - the minarets of Masjid Nabawi in Madina, the Safavid domes of Masjid-i-Shah in Isfahan, Iran, Timurid doors and arches, the courtyard of the Imam Albukhary Mausoleum in Samarqand, the Mamluk pulpit of Qiblatain Mosque in Madina and Qaitbay Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. Apart from being a place of worship, it has gained good reputation for conducting briefing sessions for Hajj pilgrims as well as religious classes, lectures and seminars catering to people from all walks of life, from young children to professionals. Adjoining the mosque is a cemetery, where several passing members of the Albukhary family have been laid to rest. The cemetery is also open to the public.
Click here to go to Albukhary Mosque website.