Saudi villagers prayed in wrong direction for 10 years

July 29th, 2010 - 6:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Riyadh, July 29 (DPA) Worshippers at a mosque in a Saudi Arabian village near Mecca discovered they were praying for 10 years in the wrong direction, a newspaper in the country reported Thursday.
Muslims are meant to pray in the direction of the most sacred site in Islam, known as the Kaaba, a large granite structure in the holy city of Mecca.

Villagers in Hadda, 20 km north-west of Mecca, should have prayed southeast, but instead bent down five times a day in a northern direction.

After realising the error, the mosque’s leaders changed the direction of the prayer carpets so the worshippers now face the Kaaba.

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