The Sacred City

 An 85 minute documentary film









 This website contains the findings of researcher and historian Dan Gibson. He first entered the Middle East in1979 and has spend almost 40 years researching the geography of the Arabian Peninsula. He and his family have lived in the following countries: Jordan, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. Dan has visited all of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, some of them many times.

The focus of this website is on the direction that Muslim mosques faced over the years. This direction is known as the Qibla, and is based on Sura 2 of the Qur'an where announces that he is giving the prophet Muhammad a Qibla or holy direction. This direction is used for daily prayer, pilgrimages to Masjid al-Haraam, and also in the slaughter of halaal food. Dan Gibson has concluded from his data that there have been four different Qiblas since the founding of Islam, but for the last thousand years, only one Qibla has survived, that of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Many people find this very hard to beleive. Despite writing many articles, books and producing a film, there are still those who refuse to accept the data. Dan Gibson hopes that by releasing his data on a website, more people might become interested in this topic, and do their own research to discover if this is actually the case.



Beautifully filmed in the Middle East, The Sacred City is a detective story that investigates the dawn of Islam, uncovering evidence that is shaking the Muslim world. Using satellite imaging and the latest technologies Canadian historian Dan Gibson has uncovered compelling evidence that challenges traditional accounts of how Islam began.

Gibson suggests the Islamic holy city of Mecca came later in history, and that the worlds 1.6 billion Muslims are praying in the wrong direction. The Qur’an commands them to pray towards the ‘forbidden gathering place.’ Gibson provides archeological and historic evidence that this place is not in Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

In this startling and original documentary, writer and historian Dan Gibson demonstrates that descriptions of Mohammed’s original holy city – as detailed in the Qur’an and Islamic histories, do not match that of the Mecca we know today. Then using the Qibla direction of the first ancient mosques, Gibson discovers the location of the original ‘forbidden gathering place.’

This film sets out evidence from within Islamic sources – while also using modern technologies - to track down the biggest secret of the last fifteen hundred years. Gibson not only finds the location of the original Mecca but also provides a convincing argument as to how such a great misunderstanding in Islamic history came about.

While clearly controversial, The Sacred City is respectful of Islam but shows how a deliberate attempt was made to hide secrets that impact every Muslim today. The evidence is compelling and fascinating. In a time when the world’s agenda is being set by Islam, it is important for the origins and history of this world religion to be examined afresh. This is a ground breaking documentary film with world-wide appeal for both religious and secular audiences.

 Dan Gibson's Research into Islamic Qiblas
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