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How the Musalmans determine the position of the Ka'bah in Makkah before prayer /namaz?

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Asked by joyesh chakraborty, 10 Nov '11 03:03 pm
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With full respect to Believers, here is one anecdote concerning Guru Nanak Dev on direction issue :

At Mecca, Nanak was found sleeping with his feet towards the Kaaba, before which the Muslims prostrated themselves when performing their prayer. Kazi Rukan-ud-din, who observed this, angrily remarked: "Infidel! How dare you dishonour Gods place by turning your feet towards Him?" He also kicked Nanak. The Guru did not show any anger. In fact, he was never angry with anybody. He smiled at Jiwan. In a calm, sweet voice he said to him, "Brother, dont be angry. I am very tired. I need rest. I respect the House of God as much as any one. Please turn my feet in a direction in which God or the House of God is not."


The Qazi took hold of the Gurus feet. He dragged them in the opposite direction. Then he lifted his eyes. He saw the Kaaba standing in the direction of the Gurus feet. He turned the Gurus feet in another direction. The Kaaba was seen standing in that direction. Qazi dragged ...more
Answered by Avtar Khalsa, 10 Nov '11 03:13 pm

 
  
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Qibla Compass: To account for the difference in magnetic North and true North, a Qibla Compass (of 40 zones) has been designed which comes with a little booklet giving a list of cities and a number for each city from 0 to 39. If you have a small booklet that has only a few cities of USA, then it is an outdated booklet printed more than 30 years ago. The numbers in that booklet have slightly changed in recent times because of continuously changing earth's magnetic field. A new booklet printed with a new compass is available from Halalco Books. This new booklet has almost 600 cities from North America and additional 600 cities from almost every country in the world. To see the most up to date list of Qibla direction from every country in the world
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It is not advisable to determine Qibla using compass specially for Orienting Masajid. The following method which uses the sun is more reliable. It has been observed for centuries and reported in many books by Muslims ar ...more
Answered by azam khan, 10 Nov '11 03:13 pm

 
  
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