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Direction of qibla from London.

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We stay in europe and we would like to know how to decide the direction of kaaba or sajda for peforming namaz at home.


SHOULD WE DO LIKE THE WAY IT SI DONE AS PER SUNSET AND SUNRISE; THAT sajda is always towards sunset that is west.does this hold good at any place on the earth or there are some rules for different countires. 

 

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Direction of qibla from London

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 144:

144 We see the turning of thy face (for guidance O Prophet (saws)) to the heavens; now shall We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please thee. (When you stand for prayer) Turn then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque (in Makkah); wherever ye are turn your faces in that direction.

 

Respected Sister, one of the absolutely obligatory conditions of a prayer in Islam is that one turns their direction towards the Sacred Masjid in Makkah..thus regardless of where one is stationed on this earth, it is imperative that one determine their direction towards the prescribed Qibla before they start their prayers.

 

The rising or setting of the sun does not determine the Qibla, nor is it an accurate statement that the Qibla always faces West or towards the sunset. Only for those lands or nations which are located towards the East of Makkah (like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.) will pray in the Westerly direction or towards the direction of the sunset, as the sun always sets in the direction of True West (or 270 degrees).

 

If one happens to reside in Europe, which obviously is towards the North-West of Makkah, then their qibla direction would be in the South-Easterly direction. If you reside in Europe and have access to a compass, here follows the exact degrees to locate the qibla for the respective European nations:

 

Countries

Cities

Qibla (Degrees)

Austria

Vienna

137

Belgium

Brussels

123

Bosnia

Sarajevo

135

Denmark

Copenhagen

138

Finland

Helsinki

158

France

Paris

119

Germany

Franfurt

128

Germany

Berlin

137

Germany




Munich

130

Germany

Bonn

127

Greece

Athens

135

Hungary

Budapest

140

Iceland

Reykjavik

106

Ireland

Dublin

114

Italy

Rome

123

Italy

Milan

124

Italy

Florence

124

Holland

Amsterdam

126

Norway

Oslo

139

Poland

Warsaw

148

Romania

Bucharest

149

Russia

Moscow

177

Spain

Madird

104

Spain

Barcelona

110

Sweden

Stockholm

148

Switzerland

Geneva

121

Turkey

Istanbul

152

Turkey

Ankara

160

U.K.

London

119

U.K.

Manchester

118

U.K.

Birmingham

117

U.K.

Glasgow

118

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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