The Direction of Prayer: What is it? Why must we
When you pray your five daily
prayers, you pray in a certain
direction. In this lesson, we will
learn what that direction is called
and why we face that way when
“direction of prayer.”
What is the Qiblah
for a Muslim?
or direction of prayer,
for Muslims is the
How do we
know that the
Kabah is our
us of this in
“Verily, We have seen the turning of your face
(O Muhammad) towards the heaven. Surely,
We shall turn you to a Qiblah (proper direction)
that will please you. So turn your face to the
direction of Al-Masjid-ul-Haraam.”
Surah Baqarah: 144
Where is the
is in the city
of Makkah in
How do we
There is a misconception that Muslims always pray
facing east, that's only true if you're west of Makkah.
In the US, it's roughly northeast. If you are in Japan
you would face west-northwest, and if in South Africa,
you would face north-northeast.1
If you are in a Muslim country, you can ask someone
which direction the Kabah is in. If you are in a non
Muslim land, you may have to rely on technology to
help you. Some ways you can determine the qiblah
include using the sun, a sundial, a watch, a compass,
or advanced technology such as apps. Find out how
your family determines the Qiblah in your home.
What if we
find out that
praying in the
"If a Muslim is on a journey or in a land in which it is
not easy to find someone to show him the Qiblah, then
his prayer is correct even after it becomes clear to him
that he did not pray towards the Qibla. But if he was in
a Muslim land, his prayer is not correct, because he is
able to ask someone to show him the direction of the
Qibla, just as he is able to know the direction of the
Qibla via the mosques."
And those are
the basics of
Now, see if you can answer the following review
1. What does “qiblah” mean?
2. What is the qiblah of the Muslims and how do you
3. Where is the Kabah located?
4. What are some ways we can determine our qiblah?
5. You were traveling and prayed and did not know
the qiblah. Do you have to pray over again?
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