The Islamic Museum of Melaka is located at a building along Jalan Kota. It is not difficult to find it as it just a stone throw’s away from the famous Porta de Santiago or A Famosa.
The Islamic Museum of Melaka was set up to serve as a center to research on how Islam came to Melaka and how the religion spread to the entire country.
There are eight main exhibition areas with is in accordance with its theme. The overall exhibitions are executed in a chronological manner to incite visitors with the sense of time and the arrival of Islam in Melaka and how the religion spread all across Malaysia.
Amongs the exhibits are outsized editions of the Quran, some with enlarged Arabic characters as much as four of fives inches broad, a striking copy in Mandarin and a hand written copy. Also displayed are periodic books publish on Islam.
Another section exhibits Islamic artifacts such as a twenty-inch keris display box minutely inscribed with Quranic verses, coins and weaponry intricately worked with khat calligraphy and Islamic inscriptions from the Quran.
You can also find a round porcelain plate of Dutch origin decorated with Islamic inscription that pertains to the Dutch occupation. Exhibits also include several paintings of the older mosques in Melaka including the Peringgit Mosque, built in 1720.
See if you can spot an inscribed stone in Arabic that provides the first record of Islam being the official religion of a Malay rulers in the Peninsula during the 13th century in the Museum compound. A flood unearthed the two feet high stone found in a place 32 miles from Kuala Terengganu in 1902.
Another stone in the compound is believed to be the tombstone of an Islamic ruler, Sultan Malik Al’ Salih who died back in 1297. It was found in Pasai, Aceh in the neighboring island of Sumatra.
The museum was built to portray Islam as Ad-Din (the true and righteous spiritual path to salvation) and the glory of Islamic Civilization and to encourage a greater understanding of Islamic knowledge and be a resource centre for researchers and scholars studying the history of Melaka and Islam.
The fee to enter the museum is very affordable at just RM1 per adult and RM0.50 per child. It opens daily from 9am to 5.30pm except on Mondays
Address : The Melaka Islamic Museum, Melaka Museums Corporation, Jalan Kota, 75000 Melaka.
Website : http://www.perzim.gov.my
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