Friday, December 30, 2011

Qiblatain Mosque - Madinah

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 8:19 AM

Qiblatain Mosque (Mosque of the Two Kiblat) is historically important to Muslims as this is where in the month of Rejab 2 AH the revelation of the Holy Quran came to change the direction of the ‘kiblat’ from Baitul -al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Kaabah in Makkah.          

During his time in Makkah, the Prophet Muhammed صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمَ,  used to pray towards Baitul -al-Maqdis, with the Kaabah in front of him. When he migrated to Madinah, he prayed towards Jerusalem for 16 months, but he hoped it would be changed to the Kaabah.

During Zuhur prayer or it was said that it was Asr, the Prophet صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمَ had led his Companions in praying two rakaats, when he was commanded to face towards the Kaabah by the following revelation in the Holy Quran in Surah al-Baqarah:

قَدْ نَرَى تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ وَحَيْثُمَا كُنْتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ لَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا يَعْمَلُونَ (١٤٤)

"Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammed's) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Kiblat (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction." [l-Baqarah 2:144 ]

The Prophet صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمَ turned around towards the Kaabah and the Companions copied out of obedience. Thus the Kaabah became the new kiblat of the Muslims for all time to come.

Masjid Qiblatain used to uniquely contains two mihrabs, one in the direction of Baitul -al-Maqdis and the other towards Makkah. However, the old mihrab has now been covered.

Old Kiblat - Baitul-al-Maqdis, Jerusalam

Kiblat-Kaabah, Masjidil Haram

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