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Hi all! I'm taking a class on Islamic Art and Architecture, and in a lecture this week, a student asked about whether Muslims have a mihrab in their homes. The teacher answered that they generally do not, and that the requirements for prayer in Islam are facing Mecca, ritual ablution and a piece of land of one's own or that one can "temporarily take possession of" on which to pray. She then went on to say something about the idea of needing to own the land one prays on causing dilemmas with the conquest of foreign lands. I didn't understand all that she said about it, and as this is a class on art/arch, not Islam itself, I didn't feel right about continuing the question there.

Can any of you pick up where my professor left off and explain this apparent problem of land acquisition by force and places for prayer?

Many thanks,

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