Dear beta Razi and Iqbal Sahib,
Thank you for the response!
I had seen the Masjid Qiblatain quite a few times. It did have two Mahrabs as well.
I wonder why Jerusalem is called as QIBLA-E AWWAL. Ka'abah (masjid al-Haraam) must be Qibla-e Awwal (& Aakhir).
3:95 Say, “God has declared the truth. Follow, then, the Creed of Abraham, the upright who shunned all falsehood. He was not of those who choose authorities besides God.”
3:96 He erected the First House (Sanctuary) appointed for all mankind, at the blessed Bakkah. It is to serve as a beacon of light for all humanity (in order to regain their lost unity). [2:125. Bakkah came to be known as Makkah later. In the ancient Arabic dialect B was interchangeable with M]
2:144 We have seen your eagerness (O Messenger), therefore, We will certainly make you control and administer the Qiblah that is dear to you (for its Sublime Objective). Keep your purpose focused on the Masjid of Security. Wherever you believers are, keep your purpose focused on the objective (of unity of mankind). Those who have been given the Scripture before know that this (Revelation) is the Truth from their Lord. God is not unaware of what they do. [The verse is not commanding people to turn their faces. See 2:177. Wajh = Face = Countenance = Whole being = Purpose. Qiblah = Ka’bah = Direction = Center of devotion = Masjid of Security = Source of peace and security for all humanity = Symbol of a Uniform Ideology = Symbol of pure Monotheism = Center of the unity of mankind. Ka’bah has been the Center of devotion for all humanity ever since it was erected by Prophets Abraham and Ishmael. 2:142, 2:213, 3:96, 4:170, 6:91-92, 7:158, 10:19, 12:104, 21:107, 22:49, 34:28, 38:87, 57:25, 114:1]
2:145 Even if you were to place all evidence together before the People of the Book, they would not follow your Qiblah. Neither may you follow their Qiblah, nor will they follow each other’s Qiblah. If you followed their errant views after the knowledge has come to you, you will be among the misdirected.
[Qiblah = Direction = Focal Point = It is the tangible but symbolic structure for unity of mankind. People honor the temples of their choice. They will recognize the Ka’bah as their own Qiblah when evolution of human civilization brings them to the right conclusion. 2:158, 3:97, 4:170, 6:84-91, 22:23-28. Zaalimeen = Oppressors = Those who hurt themselves or others = Who displace something from its rightful place = Who relegate the truth = Violators of human rights = Commonly translated as wrongdoers]
Surah 48. Al-Fath – Victory - The story of Hudaibiyyah
48:1 (O Prophet) We have opened for you the gates of a manifest victory,
48:2 That God may protect you against whatever could have caused you to lag behind in the past and in the future. He perfects His blessings on you and takes you along a straight path. [24:55, 40:55, 47:19. Ghafarah = Helmet = Protection. Zanb = Tail = Lagging behind = A slander stuck behind a person]
48:3 And thus God supports you with a mighty support.
If you can find Allama Parwez's commentary on Surah Fath 48:1-2, please post on the Forum.
Also, see Surah Al-Isra 17:1-2 below.