The Torah Ark and the Mihrab

By Ben Abrahamson

The Gate of Nicanor in Solomons Temple (the smaller gate in the middle of the picture)

An ancient Torah Ark, where the Torah is kept. From a synagogue in Dura-Europos in 256CE, almost four centuries before Islam. Note that it appears to resemble the Gate of Nicanor illustrated above the Ark.

And the Mihrab of the Prophet (pbuh)

The modern Mihrab, with the Temple connection all but forgotten

See how the Mihrab follows the pattern of the ancient Torah Ark, which follows the pattern of the Gates of Nicanor. There are more examples, but this is one example how the mosque today reminds us of the Temple of Solomon.

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