PUTRAJAYA: Sabah remains the state with the most mosques in Malaysia, even recording the highest number of new mosques opened last year.
The latest statistics from the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) through the agency’s website yesterday showed that there were 64 new mosques in Sabah, bringing the total number of mosques to 1,141 throughout the state last year compared to only 1,077 recorded in 2021 and 1,072 in 2020.
That number, according to Jakim, involves a state-level mosque in Kota Kinabalu, 10 government mosques, 21 district mosques and the remaining 1,109 parish mosques.
Sabah’s population totals more than 3.5 million people with the vast majority of 2.3 million Muslims consisting of Bajau ethnic groups followed by Malays, Kadazan Dusuns, Muruts and other Bumiputeras.
The large increase in mosques in the state is believed to be due to the trend of high demand by Muslims for congregational obligatory prayers in addition to da’wah activities to the local community.
Statistically, 322 new mosques were successfully built throughout Malaysia last year with Perak emerging as the second highest at 54, followed by Sarawak at 39.
Next are Terengganu (30), Johor (28), Pahang (22), Selangor (21), Kelantan (16), Kuala Lumpur (15), Kedah (13), Negeri Sembilan (seven), Melaka (six) and Perlis (five).
Penang emerged as the state with the least number of new mosques opened last year, only one, while Putrajaya and Labuan had none at all.
Based on the statistics, Malaysia currently has 6,836 mosques which also include 18 state level mosques, 76 government mosques and 166 district mosques.
Johor remains the second most mosques at 850, followed by Perak (706), Pahang (652), Kelantan (600), Kedah (594), Terengganu (514), Selangor (442) and Sarawak (408).
Putrajaya still has a small number of mosques, three followed by Labuan (15), Kuala Lumpur (84), Perlis (106), Melaka (201), Penang (214) and Negeri Sembilan (305).
In the meantime, Jakim data shows that there were 18,360 suraus in Malaysia at the end of last year, with Selangor remaining the largest number of such places of worship, totaling 2,170.
This is followed by Kedah which is 2,088, Perak (2,050), Johor (2,042), Terengganu (1,849), Pahang (1,752), Sabah (1,208), Kelantan (1,086), Negeri Sembilan (1,073) and Sarawak (837).
The fewest suraus are in the Federal Territory of Labuan with 43, followed by Putrajaya (112), Perlis (209), Kuala Lumpur (531), Penang (560) and Malacca (814). – MESSENGER
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