Written by Fadi Makled Monday, 29 October 2012
Masjid al Qiblatain in Medina, Saudi Arabia is a historically significant mosque to the Islamic faithb and really a must go place during your stay at our hotel in Madinah. This is the Mosque where Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, received a revelation to change the direction of prayer, Qibla, from Jerusalem to Mecca when he was leading a prayer.
The Masjid al-Qiblatain was recently renewed to remove the old prayer niche which faced Jerusalem and leaving the one facing Mecca.As the story goes, the Islamic prophet was leading the prayer when Allah gave him a revelation. They previously have been facing Jerusalem when praying. After the incident, all prayers were offered while facing Mecca. As written in 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.”
What to see in Masjid al-Qiblatain: Structure
This mosque has an orthogonal symmetry and geometry accentuated by twin domes and minarets, with a raised prayer hall. Much of its grandeur was accentuated during the Ottoman rule when the Sultan Suleiman took special interest in its renovation and reconstruction.
The architecture and design of this structure take on classic motifs. The traditional design of the mosque’s exterior gives pilgrims the opportunity to enjoy traditionally inspired architecture.
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The main prayer hall is characterized by a rigid orthogonal geometry and symmetry which is accentuated by the use of twin minarets and twin domes. Discreetly grouped in one block to the west of the main structure you’ll find the living accommodations for the Imam, the Muezzin and the caretaker. The difference in level at the southeast corner of the site has been exploited to incorporate a sub-basement level which serves as the ablutions area for worshippers.
Obviously the visit to this holy place is cost free and will give you a really unforgettable experience. We are looking forward to receive you at Dar al Taqwa hotel Madinah and we hope our description of this great holy place will help you during its visit !
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