Facing towards Mecca (specifically, the Kaaba) reasonably accurately is one of the conditions for ritual prayers ("salah" - this includes the obligatory five daily prayers, voluntary ritual prayers, funeral prayers, and holiday prayers) to be considered valid - islamQA is a simple and quick reference for this. The same ruling can be found in the shafi'i work ...
Salah (ritual act of worship) is always performed while facing towards the Kaaba (few exceptions in extraordinary circumstances: source). Dua(personal invocations to God) and Zikr(uttering phrases to remember and praise God) may be done while facing in any direction.
There's a sahih hadith saying that the Prophet () used to prostrate his toes pointing to the qibla in the famous hadith of Abu Humaid as-Sa'idi أَبُو حُمَيْدٍ السَّاعِدِيُّ where he is explaining how the Prophet () used to pray:
I was sitting with some of the companions of Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and we were discussing the way of praying of the Prophet. Abu ...
So from wherever you go out [for prayer] turn your face toward al- Masjid al-Haram, and indeed, it is the truth from your Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. Quran 2:149
So if you are standing near masjid al haram if you turn 180 degree opposite, you will not be facing your "face" towards masjid al haram. So I assume we have to stand in the ...
First of all if you are able to stand you should pray while standing, else your prayer is void if there are no real and strong reasons (see also this hadith).
facing the qiblah is one of the conditions of prayer being valid, and
every worshipper should try to find out the direction of the qiblah
when praying, either by using natural signs ...
According to the holy Qur’an, (Surah al-Baqarah: 115):
وَلِلَّـهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ
وَجْهُ اللَّـهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ
And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might]
turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing
But with respect to the ...
We have to face Kaaba for unity of Muslims. This is true Allah is everywhere, but It Important to unity humans. But there is also a History of it.
How it was built by Abraham and Ishmael.
Detail in Wikipedia
The Quran states that Ibrahim, together with his son Ishmael, raised the foundations of a house [Quran 2:127] that is identified by most commentators ...
According to the below Fatwa from Imam Khamenei (Ayatollah Khamenei) the shortest distance should be chosen and if there is a point that different directions have the same distance then he is free to choose any direction he wishes.
Prayer rulings, Qiblah, Q367
Yes, it is. The evidence cited for it includes:
The Prophet ﷺ approved of the act of Bara’ bin Ma’rur:
أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم حين قدم المدينة سأل عن البراء بن معرور، فقالوا: توفي وأوصى بثلثه لك يا رسول الله، وأوصى أن يوجه إلى القبلة لما احتضر، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أصاب الفطرة وقد رددت ثلثه على ولده
When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ ...
If you pray to the exact opposite direction of al-Qibah, your prayer is not valid. It is a matter of orientation, not a matter of a prescribed route to the Ka'bah.
The verse in Qur'an 2:144 says:
قَدْ نَرَىٰ تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ ۖ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا ۚ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۚ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنتُمْ ...
Allah says in the quran: . So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. (2:144)
Thus, we need to face the kaaba.
Since our world is a globe, technically speaking, we can face 2 directions, one closer one further. However, you would have to face the closer direction, because ...
The theory of tolerance here is technically incorrect for the following reasons:
It's irrelevant at the antipode (-21.422441174957708,-140.1738229393959) of kaaba (21.422441174957708, 39.826177060604095). Meaning that at that point you have a 100% tolerance for choosing the direction of qiblah (kaaba) along the curvature of the Earth.
Same as with the ...
What must be understood about the Qibla is that you don't really need to be 100% accurate, or even within N% tolerance. Islam is a religion and way of life and not engineering. Remember that during the days of the Prophet they did not have the means for accurate direction finding that we have today, but that did not stop them from praying. So all you need to ...
On the Qiblah direction
This matter has already been discussed long ago by Muslim scholars and the issue actually has a pragmatic solution.
As Allah said:
... So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. .. (2:144)
This actually is the issue as each time you pray you need to face ...
The Sunni tradition is based on the following ahadith:
(22)Chapter: The salam to exit the prayer when one has finished and how it is done
'Amir b. Sa'd reported:
I saw the Messenger of Allah (may peace be open him) pronouncing taslim on his right and on his left till I saw the whiteness of his cheek.
The Idea is to head to Mecca.
I will tell you how I did my calculations one day when I was in desert with my friends and we had no one around from the local people who knows the directions in this place. and it worked with me with enough accuracy to make my pray accepted.
to apply this approach you need the most basic primitive tools
you must know the ...
Kabaa existed before Prophet Muhammad was born, and it was a holy place then, as it is said to have been the first place built for worship. It is a place where Abraham, worshipped God. There general consensus is it was built by Abraham & his son, as mentioned in Quran 2:127
And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with ...
The first qiblah was indeed Bait Al Maqdes , it was later changed in the Quran to the Kaaba , approximately one year (or perhaps a little less) after the migration to Medina .
Concerning the Meccan period the prophet would sometimes pray at the Kaaba , however , he was facing Bait Al Maqdes .
So no , it was only changed once.
Arabic only reference
Let's start answering for the case of an average person who has no special health conditions hindering him/her to seek the qiblah:
The only possible situation which may give a permission is that of a person whom for whatever reason can't even see the sun, as by observing the movement of the sun you might have the chance to conclude a > 90° deviation from ...
Read my answer on Facing the Qiblah during salah?
You should know that my understanding of the quotes of that answer is that if you knew the direction of the qiblah you should stick to it else you will be sinning!
But in case you have no possibility to find out the qiblah and did ijtihad by for example jduging via the position of the son etc. and missed ...
Yes, it is most preferable to face towards holy Kabah while praying from anywhere in the world. When Muhammad(PBUH) was sent as prophet in Mecca and in the early days, Muslims used to face towards Bait-Al-Maqdis mosque in Jerusalem which is different in direction in regards to holy Kabah. Then, after sometime, the qibla was changed by Allah towards holy ...
Generally prayers(meaning dua: asking Allah for help) can be done in any direction. But Salah (Which is the formal prayer, and must be done 5 times a day) has to be towards the Kaaba approximately but in times of necessity like being in plan etc its not obliged.
It does not mean God is there in Kaaba, it is disbelief to believe so. Its a command from ...
Basically you can pray inside the Ka'bah to what ever direction based on the hadith:
Pray in al-Hijr when you intend to enter the House (the Ka'bah), for it is a part of the House (the Ka'bah). Your people shortened it when they built the Ka'bah, and they took it out of the House. (Sunan abi Dawod)
For further references see also in Sahih al-Bukhari and ...
The European Council for Fatwa and Research rejected such practice and mentioned that continuing to do so intentionally while knowing the ruling would void prayers.
Actually in Prophet Muhammed (SAW) era the Qibla was towards Al-Aqsa mosque (in Palestine) before being changed to the Qabba
قَدْ نَرَىٰ تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ
قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ
وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنْتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ
أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ ...
I don't think there are any sources which can prove that Adam or Noah faced a certain direction when they used to pray.
Even if Adam or Noah had a place where they used to pray (say a mosque), that doesn't prove that whenever they wasn't in that mosque, that they would pray to its direction.
لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَاجًا
To each of you We ...
I agree that @TheIronKnuckle has clarified his thoughts very well. And the posted answer by different people also added bit of value to clarify the concept.
Sometimes, very tiny things assist in resolving the confusion and understanding.
Allah or God (whatever the name we use in our cultural society) is not our servant or employee, etc.
Allah/God is not ...
First, we pray towards Kaba because Allah ordered that way, if He ordered to turn towards another place, we would have done that way.
Second, Ka'ba is a special place, not like God is there as you meant but it is extremely just special place in the earth. But note that we dont pray to Ka'ba, we always pray to Allah. For Ka'ba's specialities
Finally, by ...
Towards the Earth. Facing the qiblah doesn't have a particular direction, it's different for whatever place you're in.
وَلِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ
And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah . Indeed, Allah is all-...