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    Saladin Mihrab

    LandmarkLocation:
     South of Al-Aqsa Mosque inside thetribalmosque.

    LandmarkLocationrelativetoDome of therock:
     South of theDome of theRock.

    LandmarkHistory:
    In theUmayyadperiod.

    Reason of the name:
     CalledSaladin Mihrab aftertheliberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque fromtheCrusaders, whereSaladinorderedtheremoval of theremains of theCrusadersfrom it anditsrenewal.

    - There is a plaque of inscriptionsabovethe mihrab thatshowstheSaladinreconstructions.
    - It is the main mihrab of thetribalmosque, and is located in thecentralhall of themosque, whichwaspreservedfromdestructiondespitemanyearthquakesthat hit theregionthroughouttheages.
    - The mihrab named Salah al-Din, aftertheliberation of Al-Aqsa Mosque fromtheCrusaders; Salahaddinorderedtheremoval of theCrusadertrashandrelicsfromthe mihrab anditsrenewal.
    - There is a plaqueengravingtheages of salinityoverthe mihrab.
    - It’simportantto say thatthemiddlehall, whichcontainsthe mihrab andthedome, preserved it despitethedestructionaftertheearthquakesthat hit in theregionthroughouttheages.

     

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    The Mihrab of Zachariah

    LandmarkLocation:
     Located inside a room, east of themosque, and can be enteredthrough Al-Aqsa Mosque.

    LandmarkLocationrelativetoDome of therock:
     South of theDome.

    Reason of the name:
     NamedafterprophetZachariah, peace be uponhim.

    -Located inside a room, east of thetribalmosque, and can be enteredthrough Al-Aqsa Mosque; the western wall of theroom is a door of mihrab.
    -It is saidthatthis is the mihrab fromwhichZachariah, peace be uponhim, wentthroughtoMary’schamber.
    This is probablythereasonforcalling it the mihrab of Zachariah.
    - Located inside a room, east of thetribalmosque, and can be enteredthrough Al-Aqsa Mosque; the western wall of theroom is a door of mihrab. It is saidthatthis is the mihrab fromwhichZachariah, peace be uponhim, wentthroughtoMary’schamber.
    -There is nodefiniteclue on thereason of its name.

     

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    The Mihrab of David

    LandmarkLocation:
    Located in thesouthernwall of Al-Aqsa Mosque, east of thetribalmosque.

    LandmarkLocationrelativetoDome of therock:
     Southeast of theDome of theRock.

    - The mihrab is large, wide, anddeep.
    - This mihrab is only a signfortheqiblah, since it is nolongerusedbymanypeoplebecause of theavailability of otheralternatives. Omar bin Al-Khattabprayed in it when he enteredthemosque. Also, it is saidthatwas it reallythe mihrab of Dawood, peace be uponhim, and it is the mihrab mentioned in Surat “Sad”, in which Allah says: ” Has theStory of theDisputantsreachedthee? Behold, theyclimbedoverthewall of the mihrab”.
    - Itwasrenewed in theFatimidera, duringthereign of theKhalifa al-Zaher – toglorifythereligion of Allah. Itwasrenewedonceagain in thereign of theeleventhMamluk Sultan Hossam Al-Din Lajin.
    - The mihrab is namedafter David, peace be uponhim, since it is saidthat it is his mihrab and it waswhere he prayed.
    -  Also, it is saidthatOmar ibn al-Khattabprayed in it, when he entered Al-Aqsa Mosque. Itwasrenovated in theFatimidandtheMamlukperiods, andwastakencare of throughoutthe rest of theages. It’s a large mihrab that can be seenfrom a distance.
    -  It is locatedeast of thesouthern fence of the Al-Aqsa mosque.

     

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