Praying in wrong direction
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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
A person performs obligatory prayers for few days facing the direction other than the Qibla in a non- muslim country after using the compass and also relying on his full judgment. Then he comes to know from the muslim community there that he was praying in the wrong direction. Does he have to repeat all his obligatory prayers for those few days?
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Praying in wrong direction
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 286:On no soul doth Allah place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray): "Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; help us against those who stand against faith."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.1 Narrated by Umar bin Al Khattab
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying, "The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions, and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.
If one has sincerely strived to figure out the direction of the Qibla before offering his prayers, and subsequently finds out later that he had been unintentionally praying in the wrong direction all along; it is expected that the Merciful and Forgiving Lord would accept the prayers of such a person. The person is not required to repeat his prayers for those days.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.13 Narrated by Al Bara
The Prophet (saws) prayed facing Bait-ul
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,