Direction of Qiblah by Prophet Muhannad(P.B.U.H)

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  • Source : wikishia

The Prophet (s) would pray towards the al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine for seventeen months after entering Medina.

The Prophet (s) would pray towards the al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine for seventeen months after entering Medina. The Jews would taunt the Prophet and say that, "Muhammad (s) had no qibla until we taught him it." These taunts upset the Prophet (s) and one day, in Shaban 2 AH, while he was performing the afternoon prayers in the Banu Salama mosque, the following verse was revealed to him:

"We certainly see you turning your face about in the sky. We will surely turn you to a qibla of your liking: so turn your face towards the Holy Mosque, and wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it! Indeed those who were given the Book surely know that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not oblivious of what they do." (2:144)

The Prophet (s) instantly turned towards the Kaaba. Thereafter, the mosque became known as the Dhu Qiblatayn mosque. The Jews and hypocrites were angry that the qibla had changed from the al-Aqsa mosque to the Kaaba. They criticized the Muslims asking: "Why did you face the direction of the al-Aqsa mosque previously, and then change it, and face the direction of the Kaaba?" In response, the following verse was revealed:

"The foolish among the people will say, 'What has turned them away from the qibla they were following? Say, 'To Allah belong the east and the west. He guides whomever He wishes to a straight path.'" (2:142)

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