Masjid Al-Qiblatayn (The Two Qiblas Mosque)

This mosque is located on a hill from the western Harra (black stone mountain route), i.e. Harrat Al-Wabara. It was built by Bani Sawad bin Ghanam bin Ka’b, of Bani Salama, of Al-Khazraj Tribe, during the time of the Prophet (PBUH). They had requested permission from the Prophet (PBUH) to get closer to the Prophet Mosque, and he said: “On Bani Salam, your homes! (i.e. stay home), and your impact will be inscribed. On this mosque the Prophet (PBUH) received revelation to shift to the Qibla (prayer direction for Muslims) of the Holy Ka’ba, instead of the Qibla being the Bait Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem). That was on 15 Sha’ban of the second year of Hegira (immigration). The Prophet (PBUH) was paying a visit to Um Bishr from Bani Salama, offering condolence. She cooked food for him. At the time of Al-Duhur (noon) prayer, the Prophet (PBUH) got up to pray. Having completed two rak’as (kneeling) he received the revelation to shift to the Holy Ka’ba, where Allah said: “We have certainly seen the turning of your face, [O Muhammad], toward the heaven, and We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. Indeed, those who have been given the Scripture well know that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do.” So, it was called Masjid Al-Qiblatayn (The Two Qiblas Mosque).

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