‘Masjid Qiblatain’: The mosque where Muslim prayer direction changed from Jerusalem to Makkah

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Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. (SPA)
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Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. (SPA)
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Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. (SPA)
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Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. (SPA)
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Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas. (SPA)
Updated 03 June 2018

‘Masjid Qiblatain’: The mosque where Muslim prayer direction changed from Jerusalem to Makkah

JEDDAH: Al-Madinah is rich with historic Islamic sites that are frequented by visitors to the Saudi Arabian city.
The city reminds them of the prophet’s teachings and the spreading of Islam to all parts of the world.
Among Madinah’s landmark sites is Masjid Al-Qiblatain or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas.
Built by Sawad bin Ghanam bin Kaab during the second year of Hijra, it is historically important to Muslims because it is where the Qur’anic revelation for Prophet Muhammad to change the direction of the qibla took place.
The qibla, or the direction to which Muslims face during prayer, was then changed forever, from Bait Al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Holy Kaaba in Makkah.
This occurred on the 15th of Shaban, when Prophet Muhammad led his companions during Dhuhr (afternoon) prayers, then was commanded by a Qur’anic revelation to face toward the Kaaba.
Thus, the Kaaba became the Qibla for all Muslims across the world.
The mosque was named after this incident, as the mosque of the two qiblas, because part of the prayer was performed facing Jerusalem, and the rest was toward Makkah.


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And speaking at Davos the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said: “The idea that the Crown Prince would hack Jeff Bezos’ phone is absolutely silly.”

Reports on Wednesday suggested Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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