Hayr al Sharqi Mosque

 Year AH

Year AD




Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca


 Hayr al Sharqi  Syria  Qasr Hayr al Sharqi  Meda'in Saleh Never

GPS Coordinates: 35° 4'25.52"N 39° 4'14.92"E

 Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi in Syria is approximately 97 km northeast of Palmyra and 64 km to the south of Rusafa. It was originally constructed in 728-9 under Caliph Hisham to be used as a retreat for the Umayyad caliphs. After
Umayyad decline in regional authority, the site was absorbed and embellished by the Abbasids under caliph
Harun al-Rashid and remained functional until the 14th century. The buildings and mosque don’t seem to align to either Mecca or Petra. The small arrow illustrates the qibla.

 Note: This is the first mosque to point between Petra and Mecca where we can determine it's original Qibla direction. Some have suggested that it might face Meda'in Saleh in Saudi Arabia, and perhaps Ibn Zubayr moved the Black Rock there first, and when he realized it was not safe there, moved it further into Saudi Arabia.

You can learn more about this buidling at: http://archnet.org/sites/4137

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