1 .  When Prophet (S.A.W) came to madina, muslims used to pray facing their directions towards Masjid-e-Aqsa (first Qibla).
The Exterior view
2 .  Prophet (S.A.W) used to see sky and begs Almighty Allah to make "KABBA" ,the Qibla of Muslims. They repeated this prayer so many times. Once Prophet (S.A.W) was leading the ZOHAR prayer facing towards Masjid-e-Aqsa and two rakats had been finished. JIBRAEL came and delivered the message of Almighty Allah


This is the Place of First Qibla -Bait-al-Maqdas

This wall shows the place of mehrab  (place of standing of imam)

facing towards masjid Aqsa...First Qibla

Pligrims reading verses  of change of qibla. this wall is no more in

masjid qiblatain now. it was there till year 2000.

Now on the top of the door a big marble  musala is fixed to indicate the dirction
of refused qibla

Another view of direction of cancelled Qibla

A man pointing towards first and old qibla "masjid-e-aqsa" where as
the mahrab of present imam clearly visib behind him which is
obiviously towards Kabba-tullah in makkah

very very rare pic of EXACT LOCATION OF QIBLA-E-AWWAL
(Must read detail at foot note)


Main entrance of qiblatain


After receiving this message (vahee) prophet (S.A.W) turned his direction towards Kabba, just against masjid-e-aqsa, in praying condition. Followers (muqtadees) followed prophet’s action in prayer condition without any hesitation. It would really be an exciting moment-when the direction of Qibla has been changed from Masjid-e-Aqsa (in North of madina) to entirely against direction of kabatullah (in south of Madina).
Masjid -e- Qiblatain
Picture of QIBLATAIN  when it had been renovated

prest mehrab visible

3 .  Since this historical event was occurred here, so it is called the mosque of two Qiblas (Masjid-e-Qiblateen). Here, at present, two "mahrabs" (place of Imam's standing to lead a prayer),entirely on different directions can been seen. One of them represents the direction of kabatullah which is, now a days ,used by Imam whereas the other shows the direction of Masjid-e-Aqsa(First Qibla) where the event of "changing Qibla" occured. This Mahrab is now filled (covered) in this way that no one can stand under it .In many languages ,It has been written over this Mahrab, that before the order of changing Qibla, this was the direction where Muslims used to offer prayer but now this Qibla has been cancelled and the new and the last Qibla is now Kabatullah (Makkah).
Another Look of Masjid-e-Qiblatain (Present Mehrab)

4 .  Pilgrims must visit this mosque .It is really a place of great Islamic historical nature, Taxis/Busses outside Masjid-e-Nabvi takes pilgrims for Ziarat in which this mosque is also shown. Upper level of this mosque is reserved for women whereas Gents are allowed in lower level.


Exact place of qibla-e-awal in masjid-e-Aqsa JERUSELUM

The original Qibla, Masjid al-Aqsa 

The floor underneath the present mosque is regarded to be the site of the original al-Aqsa mosque. This area underground is believed to be the original qibla to where Muslims initially prayed. It is in the opposite direction of the present qibla in Makkah.

- During his time in Makkah, the Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.) used to pray towards Bait-al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), with the Ka'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 Ka'bah.

- Allah (swt) then revealed the following verse in the Holy 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 Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haram (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction." [2:144 ]

- During Dhuhr prayer or it was said that it was Asr, the Prophet (s.a.w.) had led his Companions in praying two rak'ahs , when he was commanded to face towards the Ka'bah, so he turned around towards the Ka'bah. The mosque where he offered this prayer became known as the mosque of the Two Qiblahs ( Masjid Al-Qiblatain). It uniquely contains two mihrabs, one in the direction of Bait-al-Maqdis and the other towards Makkah. This took place halfway through the month of Rajab in 2 AH, two months before the great battle of Badr.

- While it was a day of joy for the Muslims, it was a day of mourning for the Jews. The Muslims had now become completely independent of them and a prophecy in their old books had been fulfilled that the last of the great prophets would change the orientation of the religion of Allah from Jerusalem to the Ancient House of Ebrahim (a.s.). Their elders went as a body to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and said that if he would change his orientation back to Jerusalem, then they would follow him. Allah (swt) revealed in the Holy Quran in Surah al-Baqarah:

- “And even if thou broughtest unto those who have received the Scriptures all kinds of portents, they would not follow thy qiblah, nor canst thou be a follower of their qiblah; nor are some of them followers of the qiblah of others. And if thou shouldst follow their desires after the knowledge which has come unto thee, then surely wert thou of the evil doers.” [2:145]

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