Sunday, 19 January 2014
Masjid al-Qiblatain (Mosque of the two Qiblas) is a mosque in Medina that is historically important for Muslims as the place where Prophet Muhammad SAW, leading the prayer, has received a revelation from Allah SWT instructing Him to take the Kaaba as the Qiblah. Prophet Muhammad SAW, who had been facing Jerusalem during the prayer, upon receiving this revelation, immediately turned around to face Mecca, and those praying behind Him also did so. After this, the mosque in which this incident occurred came to be known as Masjid al-Qiblatain (i.e. 'Mosque of the Two Qiblas'). Thus it uniquely contained two prayer niches (mihrabs).