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Saudi prayed in wrong direction
Published on 29 Jul. 2010 11:57 PM IST
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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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