Located in the southern wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque, east of the tribal mosque.
Landmark Location relative to Dome of the rock:
Southeast of the Dome of the Rock.
- The mihrab is large, wide, and deep.
- This mihrab is only a sign for the qiblah, since it is no longer used by many people because of the availability of other alternatives. Omar bin Al-Khattab prayed in it when he entered the mosque. Also, it is said that was it really the mihrab of Dawood, peace be upon him, and it is the mihrab mentioned in Surat “Sad”, in which Allah says: ” Has the Story of the Disputants reached thee? Behold, they climbed over the wall of the mihrab”.
- It was renewed in the Fatimid era, during the reign of the Khalifa al-Zaher – to glorify the religion of Allah. It was renewed once again in the reign of the eleventh Mamluk Sultan Hossam Al-Din Lajin.
- The mihrab is named after David, peace be upon him, since it is said that it is his mihrab and it was where he prayed.
- Also, it is said that Omar ibn al-Khattab prayed in it, when he entered Al-Aqsa Mosque. It was renovated in the Fatimid and the Mamluk periods, and was taken care of throughout the rest of the ages. It’s a large mihrab that can be seen from a distance.
- It is located east of the southern fence of the Al-Aqsa mosque.