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Masjid al-Qiblatain (المسجد القبلتین) ;; Mosque of the two Qiblas

Posted on: December 8, 2011


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Masjid al-Qiblatain (المسجد القبلتین)

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Masjid al-Qiblatain (المسجد القبلتین) (Mosque of the two Qiblas) is a mosque in Medina that is historically important for Muslims as the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad, leading the prayer, is said to have been commanded to change the direction of prayer (qibla) from Jerusalem to Mecca. Thus it uniquely contained two prayer niches (mihrabs). Recently the mosque was renovated, removing the old prayer niche facing Jerusalem and leaving the one facing Mecca.

The Qiblatain Mosque is among the three earliest mosques in Islam’s history, along with Quba Mosque and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi.

History

The name of the mosque goes back to the beginning of Islam when the companions of Muhammad named it after an event that took place. Muhammad was leading the prayer when he received a revelation from Allah instructing him to take the Kaaba as the Qiblah. According to traditional accounts, Muhammad, 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’). Many pilgrims who go to Mecca for hajj often visit Medina where some end up visiting the notable Qiblatain because of its historic signficance.

Quran

We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is God unmindful of what they do.


Hadith

Sahih Bukhari  says;

Narrated Ibn Umar:While some people were offering Fajr prayer at Quba’ (mosque), some-one came to them and said, “Tonight some Qur’anic Verses have been revealed to the Prophet and he has been ordered to face the Ka’ba (at Mecca) (during prayers), so you too should turn your faces towards it.” At that time their faces were towards Sham (Jerusalem) so they turned towards the Ka’ba (at Mecca).
 
Assalam Alaykum Brother and Sisters,
Well,i thank my mother for sharing info about there hajj trip.she said she visited this mosque too…before this i was not knowing about this Mosque.so,I think its  Important Info….Muslims must know about this…kindly share with your friends,
JazakAllah khair



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3 Responses to "Masjid al-Qiblatain (المسجد القبلتین) ;; Mosque of the two Qiblas"

Salaamun ‘alaykum

May Allaah bless you but the info that you have taken from wikipedia isn’t correct. The change of the qiblah was in qubaa’ as staded in the mosque and the mosque which today is called masjid qiblatayn used to be called masjid banee salamah at the time of the prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

Thus this mosque doesn’t have any special virtue in islaam and the only two mosques that are to be visited in Madinah is the haram and qubaa, may Allaah increase you in goodness.

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JazaakAllah khayran, brother, for sharing this info.
Actually, I’ve known about the Masjid of the two Qiblahs from attending hadith classes in my local masjid. However, due to the passage of time, I forgot about its history and it significance to Muslims. Hence, thank you for reminding me and many others.

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