Why did Mohammad change the direction of prayer from Jerusalem to Mecca?

Originally, when Mohammad invented Islam, he ordered his followers to face Jerusalem when praying. More precisely, he told them to face the location where Abraham built an altar to sacrifice his son Issac. This is located at Mount Moriah. It is there that King Solomon built his temple, and now, the Dome of the Rock... show more Originally, when Mohammad invented Islam, he ordered his followers to face Jerusalem when praying. More precisely, he told them to face the location where Abraham built an altar to sacrifice his son Issac. This is located at Mount Moriah. It is there that King Solomon built his temple, and now, the Dome of the Rock sits on this location. After Christians and Jews rejected Mohammad's new religion, Mohammad changed the direction of prayer to the Kaaba in Mecca. Did God tell him to do this? What really made him change his mind about the sacred direction of prayer?

P.S. In my last question, someone claims the Kaaba is the "center of the Earth". It is not. This location is actually in southern Turkey, near Istanbul...almost 1000 miles from Mecca.
Sorry, someone lied to you.

http://mars-news.de/pyramids/gravcenter....
Update: I apologize if these facts offend anyone. I am interested in facts, so I researched mike j's claim that Neil Armstrong converted to Islam, heard voices on the moon, and proved Mecca is the "center of the planet". Sorry friends, this is another hoax concocted by intellectually dishonest Mullahs.... show more I apologize if these facts offend anyone. I am interested in facts, so I researched mike j's claim that Neil Armstrong converted to Islam, heard voices on the moon, and proved Mecca is the "center of the planet". Sorry friends, this is another hoax concocted by intellectually dishonest Mullahs. Jacques Cousteau never converted to Islam either. A little research goes a long way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Armstr...
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...
http://www.mukto-mona.com/Articles/skm/n...
http://www.adherents.com/largecom/famconv_islam.html
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