WHAT IS A QIBLAH?
Qiblah is the direction we face when we pray
- WHAT IS OUR QIBLAH?
Our qiblah is the Kaabah.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE KAABAH IS THE QIBLAH?
Because Allah tells us so in the Quran Al Baqarah 2:144
قَدۡ نَرَىٰ تَقَلُّبَ وَجۡهِكَ فِى ٱلسَّمَآءِۖ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبۡلَةً۬ تَرۡضَٮٰهَاۚ فَوَلِّ وَجۡهَكَ شَطۡرَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِۚ وَحَيۡثُ مَا كُنتُمۡ فَوَلُّواْ وُجُوهَكُمۡ شَطۡرَهُ ۥۗ وَإِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ لَيَعۡلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ ٱلۡحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّهِمۡۗ وَمَا ٱللَّهُ بِغَـٰفِلٍ عَمَّا يَعۡمَلُونَ (١٤٤)Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s SAW) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid- Al-Harâm (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction. Certainly, the people who were given the Scriptures (i.e. Jews and the Christians) know well that, that (your turning towards the direction of the Ka’bah at Makkah in prayers) is the truth from their Lord. And Allâh is not unaware of what they do. (144)
Allah says in the Quran that our Qiblah is the masjidil Haram that is the Kaabah in Makkah.
Where is kaabah?
Kaabah is in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Print a world map.
Point to where Makkah is and mark it
Point where Qtar is and mark it.
Draw a straight line (use a ruler) from Qtar to Makkah.
Then point to Malaysia . And make another straight line to Makkah.
Then talk about how Muslims around the world face the same qiblah when they pray.
Mark familiar places
Draw straight lines and arrow indicating the direction from the respective countries to Makkah. Insya Allah they will get the point.
The children, including Z were most excited doing this exercise. It’s a practice of knowing the orientation of a country. And they were racing each other to find a country mentioned.
Use the qiblah compass to show them how to find the qiblah when we are at a new place. Get them to read the coordinate points of different countries and how to use the values to find the qiblah. This is a very useful gadget to have especially when we travel.
Introducing the concept of North, East, West and South.
Remind them where does the sun rise? Where does the sun set?
If we are outside, in the dunes for example, and we do not have the Qiblah compass, and come prayer time (Remember solah is compulsory wherever we are!), how do we gauge where the direction is?
First look at the map. Look at the location of Makah in relative to Doha. Makkah is approximately South West from D0ha.
We must always be aware of our our position on earth relative to Makkah.
DO YOU KNOW THAT THE KAABAH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN OUR QIBLAH?
When Mohammad s.a.w. became prophet he prayed towards Bayt Al Maqdis.
Using the Saudi Arabia map, point to where Jurusalem where Bayt Al Maqdis is
Refer to another post : The story of the change of Qiblah
- Nearly all my notes here are taken from TALIBEDEEN JR. May Allah reward her for her great work. Masya Allah.
- Cross referenced with the book The concise presentation of the Fiqh – Dr. Abdul Azeem Badawi.
- A Description of Prophet’s SAW Prayer : Shaikh Muhammad Naasir ud Deen Albaani. Translated by Usama Ibn Suhaib Hasan.