Prayer is one of the fundamental obligations in Islam and to offer your prayers you will have to find the Qibla Direction. That’s why no matter where a Muslim lives he will know the direction of Qibla.
Namaz is among the five pillars of Islam which every Muslim is obliged to offer five times a day, for which facing towards the Kaaba is a must. But do you know how to find the direction of Kaaba?
Here are some simple and easy methods to find Qibla direction to offer Prayer or Namaz anywhere in the world. These are combination of classical human methods which needs concentration and new technological means which finds Qibla in just few seconds.
Finding Qibla Through Sun:
Anyone person who knows in which direction Makkah lies from his place can use sun to know the Qibla direction. The basic fact which almost everyone in the world knows is that Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. This procedure is being used by the people from early Stone Age from which they can easily find the directions by the movement of sun.
So by the pattern of the Sun a man can easily find East, West, North and South and if he knows on which direction Makkah (Kaba) lies he can find the Qibla.
Finding Qibla by Using Watch:
Although there are many watches specially introduced for the Muslims with an extra function of Qibla direction, but you can also find it from ordinary watches.
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, take your clock horizontally and keep the hour hand facing the sun. The middle point between the hour hand and 12 o’ clock is the south. But if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, point 12 o’ clock in the watch towards sun and spot the midway point between hour hand and that, which is north.
Finding Qibla by Using Compass:
There are many types of Qibla compasses which are easily available in the markets. You can place it on a flat surface and after few seconds, it will define the directions.
Like the first method of Sun it only helps you to find the direction and you can only find Qibla if you have prior knowledge of Makkah from your location.
Finding Qibla through GPS & Mobile Apps:
In this modern age of science and technology, there are many ways to find the Qibla direction. You can easily determine the Qibla direction from android, iphone and ipad by using GPS tool.
The exact coordinates of Qibla are 21°25’21.15”N 39°49’34.1”E. You can also download Qibla locator apps on your smartphone such as Muslim Pro & Qibla Connect. Download these apps which helps you to locate the exact location & direction of Khana Kaba.
Many websites provide online help to locate Qibla but these apps only tells you on which direction the Kaaba is, you will require a compass to find the directions.
Google Qibla Finder:
Google also launched a dedicated website ‘Qibla Finder‘ to help people from anywhere finding Qibla direction.