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Muslims around the world perform Salah (prayer) facing the Kaaba at Makkah. This direction is known as the “qibla” in Islam. Before performing a prayer, it is common for Muslims to ask each other where the Qibla is.
How did the qibla become a thing? When did Muslims start facing the Kaaba when praying? What was the ruling on the qibla? In this article, we will examine all of this in more detail. Continue reading.
The Kaaba is a cube shaped building, covered in the black kiswah with a gold band located in the courtyard of the mosque known as Masjid Al Haram, in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is important to note that Muslims do not worship the Kaaba. Rather, we use the Kaaba as a focal point of direction while praying, in order to maintain unity amongst Muslims worldwide.
The first Muslims prayed towards the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Around sixteen months after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers migrated from Makkah to the city of Madinah, the qibla was changed to the Kaaba. [al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
During the noon prayer, Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, received a revelation from Allah instructing him to:
“Turn your face towards Masjid Al Haram”.
“Thus, we have made you real believers in Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad and his legal ways, a just nation, witnesses over mankind and the Messenger a witness over you. And We made the Qibla (prayer direction towards Jerusalem) which you used to face, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (i.e. disobey the Messenger). Indeed, it was great (heavy) except for those whom God guided. And God would never make your prayers to be lost (i.e. your prayers offered towards Jerusalem). Truly, God is full of kindness, the Most Merciful towards humankind.”
“Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad) face towards the Heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qibla (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- al-Haram (at Mecca). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction…} (Quran 2:143-144)
When we study the seerah, we imagine the change in qibla to be like any other aspect of what happened in the Prophet’s time. But, the change in qibla was one of the biggest tests for the Muslim Ummah.
Imagine facing one direction and then suddenly being asked to change the direction of prayer? It was a huge test to see how serious the early Muslims were, in following the commandments of Allah and His Messenger (pbuh).
“We decreed your former qiblah only in order that We might know the Prophet’s true adherents and those who were to disown him. It was indeed a hard test, but not for those whom Allah guided.” (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:143)
There are two kaabas!
There is an exact replica of a Kaaba in heaven, right above the Kaaba in Makkah.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said narrating about the journey of ‘Isra wal Miraaj,
“Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allah’s House). I asked Jibreel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).”
The qibla is not just a mere piece of direction the Muslims turn towards. Rather, it is a sign of Muslim unity and brotherhood that makes every single believer from the East to the West, from the rich to the poor, the young to the old, turn towards one direction, to worship One Supreme Lord, seeking His forgiveness, mercy and guidance.
Muslims use the Qibla as a focal point for their prayers to maintain unity and consistency in their worship. The Qibla is the direction towards the Kaaba, a cuboid structure located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which holds great religious significance in Islam.
Facing the Qibla during prayers (Salah) is a requirement for Muslims, as it symbolizes their submission to Allah and helps create a sense of unity among the global Muslim community. This practice of facing the Qibla is based on Islamic teachings, specifically a verse from the Quran (2:144), which instructs Muslims to turn their faces in the direction of the Sacred Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Mecca while praying.
Allah legislated prayer and made it the first pillar of Islam, second only to the two testimonies of faith. The Prophet PBUH said,
“Islam is built upon five [pillars]: testifying that there is no god save Allah and that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah, performing prayers, paying zakat, making the pilgrimage to the House, and fasting Ramadan [Bukhari and Muslim].
Allah the Almighty says,
And be steadfast in prayer: Give zakat, and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship). [Al-Baqarah: 43]
Allah made facing Al-Masjid Al-Haram among the conditions for the validity of prayers. Based on this, the prescribed prayer of a resident who offers it in safety is valid only if he faces the proper direction due to the words of Allah Who says,
“So turn your face toward Al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer].” [Al-Baqarah: 144]
“So from wherever you go out [for prayer, O Muhammad] turn your face toward Al- Masjid al-Haram.” [Al-Baqarah: 149]
The only exceptions to praying towards the qibla are: