Tomorrow night(Friday night) is Nisfu Syaban i.e 15th Syaban,1424.The imam of my surau reminded me to come for the magrib prayer so that all of us can read Surah Yaasin and offer special du'a.
This date also coincides with the change of Qiblat. This event took place at the location of Masjid Qiblatain,a few kilometres from Masjid Nabawi.All muslims who visit Madinah will go to this mosque to 'sembahyang sunat'.
When I was there last January,2003 ,it occurred to me that if Rasullah SAW turned around 180 degrees while praying when the 'wahyu' came to him,then Baitul Muqadis, Madinah and Makkah must be along the same corridor of longitude. On returning home, I checked the longitudes of three cities are more or less within less a few degres of each other longitudes! Masya Allah and I exclaimed: Allahu Akhbar!
Allah swt is the Greatest Planner of All.
Mecca(Masjidil Haram) - 39:49E(Second Qiblat)
Medina - 39:35E
Al-Quds(Masjidil 'Aqsa) - 35:14E(First Qiblat)
Notes on Israj & Mikraj