Qibla Change is an order from GOD, not a choice of last Prophet.Engr Mir Akter Hossain, Toronto
The change of prayer direction has been mentioned in the following verse of Holy Quran.
Surah Baqarah 2/144 We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.
The change of direction of prayer came from Almighty GOD & “House of prayer for all nations” is “Masjid al Haram” or Holy Mosque in Mecca of Saudi Arabia is also decided by GOD which can be proved from following verses of Holy Bible.
The following verse of New Testament indicates about change of location of place of worship from Jerusalem.
John 4/21 Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem
The following verse of Old Testament indicates the sign of “House of prayer for all nations”.
Isaiah 56/7 Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”
Some religious scholars Explain the above verse in Isaiah 56/7 that this place is Temple in Jerusalem. But no people make any “burnt offerings, sacrifices” or any form of animal sacrifice in Jerusalem, Vatican etc. Ninth lunar month of every year or during pilgrim time people from many parts of the World come to Kaba (Mosque in Mecca of Saudi Arabia) & make animal sacrifice there. So “a house of prayer for all nations” mentioned in Isaiah 56/7 is not the temple/mosque in Jerusalem , but the “Kaba” or mosque in Mecca of Saudi Arabia which is also Kibla (Prayer direction) for all the Muslims of the World. Also statement in John 4/21 indicates that place of worship will be changed from Solomon temple in Jerusalem to another location.
Another verse of Old Testament describe the rejection of temple in Jerusalem & uproot Israel from the land (Genesis 15/18) given to them under some conditions.
|2 Chronicles 7/19 (GOD told) But if you turn away the decrees|
|And commands I have given you & go off to serve other gods and|
|worship them 7/20 Then I will uproot Israel from my land (Genesis 15/18) which I have given them and reject the temple I have Consecrated for my name. (1 Kings 9/6)
Some more verses from Old Testament
|Genesis 15/18 On that day LORD made a covenant with Abram|
|And said “To your descendants I gave this land from the wadi of Egypt to the great river of Euphrates.”
GOD Describes the character of people of Israel in the following verses of Old Testament.
Ezekiel 2/3 He (Spirit) said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day
|Malachi 3/7 Ever the since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my Decrees and have not kept them.|
|Malachi 3/9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me|
|2 Kings 17/13 the LORD warned Israel & Judah through all the prophets “|
|“Turn from your evil ways. Observe my Commands & Decrees in|
|accordance with entire law ,that I commanded to your ancestors & that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.|
|In 2 Chronicles 7/19 It has been mentioned that ” If you turn|
|away from Decrees & Commands I have given you & worship other gods, then I will uproot Israel from the land I have given|
|given them” . This land is defined in Genesis 15/18 ” from the|
|wadi of Egypt to the great river of Euphrates”, where Muslims|
|or descendant of Abraham through Ishmael are majority. They, believe that they have only one Master, Who is the Creator of Universe & no one else. They are to trying follow all the prophets, Decrees & Commands from GOD . But in case of Christian people if they worship Jesus as “Son of God” which is a sign of breaking commands described in Ten Commandments of Exodus 20/3 (You shall have no other gods before me” & Exodus 20/4-5). Before the birth of Jesus, people of Israel tried to Kill prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19/10), tried to kill prophet David (Psalms 86/14).They tried to kill Jesus during his presence in this World. Also Baptist John was beheaded in Israel. All these events are going against the commands of God which has been described in Exodus 20/13 (You shall not murder) ten commandments . This situation caused GOD to uproot the descendant of Israel (2|
|Chronicles 7/19) from the “land” (Genesis 15/18) Given to them.|
|They have been uprooted from this area & they becomes|
|minority here as they are not following Commands & Degrees mentioned in 2 Kings 17/13),by Killing previous prophets mentioned in Prayer of Elija 1 Kings 19/10) & worship other gods. (John 20/31 “Jesus Son of God”,)|
|So “reject the Temple” mentioned in 2 Chronicles 7/19 has|
|been executed by Changing direction of prayer from Mosque of|
|Jerusalem (Solomon Mosque) to Masjid Al Haram (Kaba) or Mosque in Mecca of Saudi Arabia (Sura 2/144) which is followed by all the Muslims in all over the World.
The verses of Holy Bible (originally in Hebrew language) which appeared in this World before the birth of Last prophet & these verses has been collected from computerized index of Old Testament , New Testament etc. These are available at present only after the invention & development of computer . The Last prophet was unlettered, translation from Hebrew to Arabic , Computerized index of religious book (More than 60 Books ) or all this facilities were beyond his range. The people (more than one million) from all over the World are coming to Holy Mosque located at Mecca of Saudi Arabia every year to sacrifice animal according to “Isaiah 56/7” & for pilgrim, also more than one Billion people are praying in this direction after this announcement in (Sura 2/144) of Holy Quran
Verses from Old Testament about pilgrim in Mecca
Psalms 84/5 Blessed are those, whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set in pilgrimage.
Psalms 84/6 They (pilgrimage) pass through valley of Baka ( Ancient name of Mecca is Baka- Check Mecca /Wikipedia/Etymology & usage by Google Search)
Verses from Old Testament
Foot Note : 1 Kings 19/10 He (Elijah) replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.
Foot Note : Psalms 86/14 Arrogant foes are attacking me,