Standing on a man-made island named Pulau Melaka, above the waters of the Straits of Malacca, Masjid Selat Melaka really looks like it’s floating when the tide is high. The mosque was built between 2003 and 2006 and officiated in November 2006 by Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, the country’s Yang Di-Pertuan Agong at that time. Its design idea came from the state’s former Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd. Ali Rustam, who was inspired by a floating mosque he had seen during his trip to Jeddah.
The mosque’s most prominent feature is its 30-metre-high minaret which also functions as a lighthouse, acting as a guide for boats, ships and aircrafts. A massive golden dome with blue trims which is visible from a distance sits above its main prayer hall. The building incorporates Middle Eastern architectural style peppered with Malay decorative elements such as the use of bamboo as part of its structure and a beautifully-carved pulpit made out of teak wood. The mosque is quite a spectacular sight at night when the whole building lights up.
Masjid Selat Melaka is equipped with various facilities which include a multipurpose hall, a library and a learning centre.