Asalam aleikum loves,
I’ve missed you all .Well there’s been soo much going on I could hardly get time to talk y’all. Shabaan Mubarak. Wow,Alhamdulillah it’s Shabaan and next month is Ramadhan.Feeling all excited.
I’ve had a long Rajab honestly. Long because so much as been happening travelling for school and trying to adapt to a new culture. Story for some other day.But I almost hit rock bottom with my qibla direction.Well from back at home qibla was about 5° diversion towards the east and that’s done .Soo close to the North and I was always super accurate.But here…
Definition of qibla : the direction of the kaaba (sacred maside in Mecca )to which muslims turn at prayer.
Important information about the qibla especially when using your prayer mat with a compass.
1.Qibla varies in degrees from one place to another.
Am in Asia,still haven’t swallowed that honestly.But this is how far we go just to get education.I can’t complain I kinda love the place.
So qibla back here is 287° according to my research. Haha.You don’t wanna know how crazy this drove me .How now! …and back home it was just 5°.
Take yo world map and observe the differences.Mecca is towards the North of Nairobi (home ) and back here (Thailand ) it’s on the North West.somewhere close to the West North West direction.See attached compass below.
Wella compass is designed to always point North.Stuff related to magnetic fieldsstory for some other day.Whatever country you are at it will always point North.
3.What if yo phone has no compass ?
Alhamdulillah with technology this days it’s even easier to have yo qibla directions as soon as you switch on yo location.I used to think my phone had an in built compass till I travelled and I had a long night trying to wonder where to face even with no Internet yet on my phone.
I only knew it was about 287° but how do you get that right.I did it the traditional way..wait don’t laugh at my ways but I was too stranded to think.I noticed the west first. N if west is on my left then east must me on my right hand side and that easily meas my front is North and my back is South.
And 287° is definitely between north and west and was definitely more towards the west.And my gut felt like a genius and I had my udhuu and prayed.
Well as for those with phones that have inbuilt compasses I envy you.Yours is to just place yo phone on the ground and let it keep rotating till it points the qibla directions. With the hundreds of qibla directions apps please have at least two just in case you have your doubts and success at it.
4.Do your research before travelling to a place.
Most often we research about the weather ,food (halal or not),the people’s culture and other factors we assume important.Make qibla directions one of those important things to know about a plc before travelling. I promise you it will do you good to know.
Please don’t assume you’ll get a mosque nearby. Its not been as easy as I thought in getting a mosque to do my Friday prayers at.Most of all if possible carry a mat with a compass.Alhamdulillah they make like easier for traditionalists like myself.
5. calculating tips for qibla directions
- Place yo maton the ground and position it on the true North direction.Have the mat direction pointer and the compass direction pointer pointing the same direction.
- Confirm qibla directions of the area.well I used Google and muslim pro and they both have me the same degrees.
- So take up 360-278°(qibla degrees in thailand Bangkok)=73°
- Already you know 278 is on the North western direction.so move yo Mat towards the left.
- Have a difference of exactly 73° between the direction the mat pointer points and the true North maintained by the compass.
- Straighten yo mat in that direction and wait for the compass to settle so as to have a final confirmation.
- And there you go.it’s time to pray.
Well it’s been amazing trying to figure it out with you all.I hope this was helpful.
Al Baqara 2:144
We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.
Always your girl.
Droplets of emaan