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Jerusalem was the first place toward which Muslims turn in prayer. Many years into the Islamic mission (16 months after the Hijrah), Muhammad was instructed to change the Qibla from Jerusalem to Mecca (Qur'an 2:142-144). The Prophet Muhammad said, "There are only three mosques to which you should embark on a journey: the sacred mosque (Mecca, Saudi Arabia), this mosque of mine (Madinah, Saudi Arabia), and the mosque of Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem)." It is Jerusalem that Muhammad visited during his night journey and ascension (called Isra' and Mi'raj) -- "from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to the Furthest Mosque (Al-Aqsa)" in Jerusalem, then up to the heavens. The event of Isra' and Mi'raj is mentioned in the Qur’an, in the first verse of Chapter 17. This night journey further reinforced the link between Mecca and Jerusalem as holy cities, and serves as an example of every Muslim's deep devotion and spiritual connection to Jerusalem.