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Qibla Direction

What is Qibla? 

Qibla is an arabic word (pronounced: ˈkɪblə) which means direction. In muslim jurisprudence, Qibla is the direction towards the Kaaba, towards which Muslims face five times every day to offer their daily prayers (salah). On Allah’s command, the Qibla changed from Bait-al-Maqdas to Kaaba on Thursday, 16 Muharram 1445 AH. Being the oldest center of monotheism, the Kaaba dates back to the time of the Prophet Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and his son Isma'il عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ and holds significant historical and spiritual importance in Islam. It was built by the aforementioned Prophets under the explicit command of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى. It is located within the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and is the holiest site in Islam. 

For Muslims, the Kaaba represents the spiritual center of their faith, signifying the unity of the ummah (Islamic community) and their commitment to submission to Allah's will and the reason behind Muslims having to face the Qibla while praying is a simple unifying act of the Muslim Ummah. Known to be the first site of worship on the face of the earth, the significance of facing the Qibla whilst praying has been reiterated time and again in both The Quran and Hadith was something practiced by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself. The Kaaba helps Muslims feel a sense of connection and belonging to their Muslim brethren while praying despite geographical and cultural differences. The Quran says: 


وَمِنْ حَيْثُ خَرَجْتَ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَلْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّكَ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ 

At whatever place you may be, turn your face towards Masjid Haram (at Prayer time), for this is, in fact, a Commandment of your Lord, and Allah is not unaware of what you do.  Al-Baqara (2:149) 

Similarly in an event reported by Hazrat Abu Huraira رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:


"When you get up to pray, perform the ablution completely, and then turn towards the Qibla and recite takbir (Allah o Akbar =Allah is the Greatest)." Sahih Muslim. Chapter 4, Hadith No. 782

How is Qibla Direction Determined?


Knowing the right direction of Qibla is of utmost importance and is fairly easy for someone to know in their household or local areas. But it can be somewhat tricky for someone who happens to be in a new region or for someone who is always traveling. 


There are multiple ways to determine Qibla direction, such as using the compass or online websites and applications are relatively easy and reliable options. Whereas one can also determine the Qibla direction with the help of Sun positioning, mosque minarets with markers, or asking the locals; however, these alternatives are somewhat inaccurate.


Using a compass: 



Using an online Qibla locator app:



Comparing the process of both methods, one can easily confirm that finding the direction of Qibla using modern technology, as in websites and apps, is much more convenient and accurate. These apps use modern techniques such as GPS, using specific geographical and magnetic data of a user's location as well as accounting for the Earth's rotation to provide the user with accurate, reliable, and instant information about the Qibla.


Find the Qibla with the Muslim & Quran App 

Since it has been established that using modern-day applications has made locating the Kaaba the utmost convenient and quite accurate, let’s see how anyone can find the Qibla direction using the Muslim and Quran app in this step-by-step guide:



Muslim and Quran Online Qibla Direction - Notable Features 


The most brilliant feature of the app is, by far, the accuracy and convenience it provides the users, along with a brilliantly designed creative interface. Any individual, be it someone familiar with mobile apps or not, can access this app with no difficulty whatsoever and easily find the Qibla direction.



The user can also make use of a wide range of other features that will surely help in the practicing of one's religion. Plus, a huge benefit lies in the ability of the app to provide you with maximum functionality and features even if you do not have wifi or data access.


Qibla Direction - FAQs 

Does Qibla's direction have to be exact?

One should strive to make sure he is facing in the right direction, but in Islam, the intention and effort to do so remain an important element.

Does Qibla's direction change?

The direction of Kaaba changes based on the change in the location of a person.

Which direction is Qibla in my location? 

To find the direction of Qibla from your location, download the Muslim and Quran app. 

Can I use the online tool during travel?

Yes. One of the best features of the tool is its easy accessibility from all around the world, including while you are traveling.

What if I don’t have access to a compass or GPS?

If you manually put your location into the online website or app, you can find the Qibla direction since many apps do not use GPS in such situations and instead make use of global databases. In addition, you can ask the locals around.