Masjid Al-Hussain is Kuala Perlis’ well-known icon. Built next to the Kuala Perlis Jetty, the mosque’s structure extends over the Straits of Malacca, earning it the nickname ‘Floating Mosque’. A 50-metre bridge connects to the main prayer hall above the water.
Adopting a ‘modern tropical resort’ concept, the mosque was inspired by Raja Muda Perlis (Prince of Perlis), Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Syed Sirajuddin Jamalulail, and realised by a prominent businessman, Tan Sri Mohd. Ariffin Yusuf, who had named the mosque in honour of his late brother.
The unique thing about this mosque is that its walls are not painted, but adorned with corals, quartz, granite, marble and pebbles instead. Its majestic golden-yellow-and-blue dome is made from two layers of aluminium, with a layer of Polyvinylidene Diffluoride (PVDF) protecting its surface. Another unique feature is its twin minarets, which are the first hexagonal minarets in the world. At night, the minarets come alive in various colours – with each colour signalling a different prayer time – which can be seen from as far as 10 kilometres.