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Updated 27 May 2019

Medinah mosque’s rich history

Many Islamic historical sites and monuments in the heart of Medinah are popular with visitors during the holy month.
Among the favorites is Al-Qiblatayn Mosque, built by the sons of Sawad bin Ghanem ibn Kaab during the Prophet’s covenant in the second Hijra year.
Since then the mosque has been known as the Al-Qiblatayn Mosque because the Prophet prayed first facing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and then before the Grand Mosque.
Renovations of the mosque were postponed until the Saudi era when King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud ordered its renovation, expansion and the construction of a surrounding wall in 1350 AH.
During the reign of King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the mosque was demolished and rebuilt. The area in which the mosque is located has been redesigned and expanded using the latest technology and engineering designs, with an architectural touch of Islamic character.
(Photo courtesy: SPA)