Masjidul Qiblatain is historically important to Muslims as this is where in Rajjab 2nd AH the revelation of the Holy Quran came to change the direction of the Qibla from Bait-al-Maqdis in Jerusalem to the Kaa’bah in Makkah. During his time in Makkah, the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) used to pray towards Bait-al-Maqdis, with the Kaa’bah in front of him. When he migrated to Madinah, he prayed towards Jerusalem for 16 months, but he hoped it would be changed to the Kaa’bah. During Dhuhr prayer or it was said that it was Asr, the Prophet (pbuh) had led his Companions in praying two rak’ah, when he was commanded to face towards the Kaa’bah by the following revelation in the Quran in Surah al-Baqarah:
‘Verily, we have seen the turning of your (Muhammed’s) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qibla (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah). And whosesoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.’ [2:144]

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