This is a popular Hindu image and may have led to story of Mecca being navel of earth, in dark ages.
Its hidden meaning is also connected with the navel or the middle point of this earth.
Had Mecca (Makkah) been on Equator, perhaps some credibility could have been attached to IRF claims.
But as per modern science, in a non-flat world, Mecca lies at 21-29 N. (The importance given to Mecca in Islam is because of historical reasons dating prior to advent of Islam.
Let us now critically examine the claim of Prophet in Vedas. option=com_content&view=article&id=201&Itemid=131Let me declare at outset that Vedas contain no history or geography whatsoever and contain description of fundamental principles governing life and universe in a variety of manner.
There are indeed names of several historical persons in Vedas.