One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A niche in the wall of a mosque, at the point nearest to Mecca, toward which the congregation faces to pray.
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- ‘Wispy-bearded men prayed before the mihrab, an extravagance of inlaid, multicoloured stone.’
- ‘In 1549, Jafar founded Kudus Mosque and fastened the rock in its mihrab, a niche in the mosque wall facing Mecca.’
- ‘The opening is in the shape of the mihrab, and it is covered with Arabic script and flower patterns.’
- ‘A niche in one of the walls, called a mihrab, shows the direction that the worshippers should face in order to face Mecca.’
- ‘Despite its simple and modest architecture it bears magnificent decorative elements seen particularly clearly in the ceiling, the mihrab and minbar (pulpit).’
- ‘Inside the mosque, a niche called mihrab orients the worshippers toward Mecca.’
- ‘For example, at Mansura in Sind, all the remains of the mosques, one of which is pillared, have mihrabs in this position.’
- ‘According to the book, the area of this mosque is 30x15 feet and its mihrab and musalla are still intact.’
- ‘The mosque contains, in its eastern wall, the mihrab, an ornamented niche that points toward Mecca and toward Allah (spiritually).’
From Arabic miḥrāb ‘place for prayer’.
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