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August 01, 2011

Praying the Wrong Way

Not the Al-Aqsa Mosque

Writing in the Aug. 1 Jerusalem Report about the status of Jerusalem in Islam, Danny Rubenstein claims that "Muslim's pray in the direction of the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third most important mosque in Islam after Mecca and Medina."

Of course, the qibla, or Muslim direction of prayer, is toward Mecca, not Jerusalem. And consequently, Muslims only pray "in the direction of the Al-Aqsa mosque" if it happens to lie in the same direction as Mecca.

The Jerusalem Report knows about the error, and we'll update you if they publish a correction.

Posted by GI at August 1, 2011 11:21 AM


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