Mecca Mosques Point Wrong Way; Worshippers Anxious About Validity of Their Prayers

Worshippers are worried about the validity of their prayers after some 200 mosques were found to point in the wrong direction, the BBC reported Monday.

The issue came to light after people looking down from high-rises in Mecca noticed that niches in many older mosques were not pointing towards the Kaaba — an ancient building in Mecca's Gran Mosque.

Islamic officials reportedly dismissed the concerns, according to the BBC.

"There are no major errors, but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques," Tawfik al-Sudairy, Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary told the newspaper al-Hayat.

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