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Masjid al-Qiblatain, Medina

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Pay a visit to Masjid al-Qiblatain, a Medina mosque known as the place where Muhammad changed the direction of prayer to Mecca. Until that point, worshipers used to face Jerusalem to conduct their prayers. One of the three oldest mosques in the world, it dates back to 623 CE and has been restored and renovated numerous times over the centuries. Take in the spiritual atmosphere and admire the pristine white walls of the building, a place of cultural and historic significance to Muslims from the very beginnings of Islam. Masjid al-Qiblatain is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Medina Edition.
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As a crucial pilgrimage destination and one of the holiest places in Islam, Medina offers a huge variety of accommodations, though non-Muslim visitors should note that most lodgings cluster in the city center, accessible to Muslims only. Visitors can choose from a wide range of lodgings, from low-cost inns with basic facilities to grandiose five-star hotels. Generally centrally located, the hotels generally get pricier the nearer they are to the Grand Mosque. Non-muslims have the option of staying at the hotel near the airport, outside of the forbidden zone.
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  • It is great to go there during your stay in Medina. I went there and prayed. It is a historic place.  more »
  • Pray here that we get the correct direction as per Allah's will. Let Him prevent us from following wrong directions.  more »
  • This mosque is one of the most important in Islam history, since it witnessed the change of the prayer direction , since early islam prayers were directed towards Al Aqsa mosque in jerusalem and in th...  more »
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  • The Masjid Al QiblaTayn - 2 Qiblas Masque. (Now we are doing our Prayers to Keblah with Al Heraam. Once Muslims did their prayer to the one of Masjid Al Aksa at Egypt. Once Our Prophets was though that, if the Keblah will be to Al Heram - Allah subhan ta ala send Zebrail Alahissalam and tell to prophet, your thinking been approved by allah, so you and all muslims can do their prayer with Keblah Al Heram -Subhanallah... Allah Ta Ala give me chance to visit the holy Place in Madinah.
  • This is the place where first qibla was changed and muslims diverted them aelf to second qibla. This is very significant place in muslim world.
  • I have been there and it feels amazing to be there. Crowed is normal. Once you visit first offer two rakaʿāt of Dakhul-e-Masjid then Two rakaʿāt of nafl. Masjid al-Qiblatayn or the Mosque of the Two Qiblas, is a mosque in Medina that is historically important for Muslims as the place where, after the Islamic Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBUH) received the command to change the direction of prayer (qibla) from Jerusalem to Mecca, the entire congregation led by a companion changed direction in prayer. Thus it uniquely contained two prayer niches (mihrabs). Recently the mosque was renovated; the old prayer niche facing Jerusalem was removed, and the one facing Mecca was left. The Qiblatayn Mosque is among the three earliest mosques in Islam's history, along with Quba Mosque and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi.
  • Very old Historic mosque with a unique distinction of serving two Qibla. That's the reason of the name (Two Qibla)
  • Such a peaceful place. Significant history for Muslims, this is a place where the direction of Qibla was changed by the order of Allah