The Butterworth Floating Mosque is located at the North Butterworth Container Terminal. It was constructed to enable the Muslim workers at the terminal to perform their prayers. The mosque is the second floating mosque in Penang, after Masjid Jamek at Tanjung Bungah. It is also built on stilts, out into the sea, connected to the land by a passageway.
The Butterworth Floating Mosque or known in Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language) as Masjid Terapung Butterworth is a jewel landmark. Located at North Butterworth Container Terminal at Bagan Luar, Butterworth, it is actually built into the sea.
Standing on stilts, it is a beautiful mosque to those who have visited. It is connected to the land by a passageway. The mosque is the second floating mosque in Penang after Masjid Jamek in Tanjung Bungah.
What is significant from afar are its slender minaret and a single dome. The dome represents the vault of heaven. The interior of the dome carries intricate geometric motifs and breathtaking patterns. On top of it, sits a crescent moon. The minaret is slim and three-leveled adjacent to the main building.
The minaret also provides a vantage point when the call to prayer or “azan” is made. “Azan” is issued five times a day which is dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night. This mosque easily enables Muslim employees of the container terminal to perform their prayers.