Nasihah (Advice): The Qiblah
Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhu reports: When Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam entered the Ka’ba, He invoked Allah in each and every side of it and did not pray till He came out of it, and offered a two Rak’at prayer facing the Ka’ba and said, ‘This is the Qibla.’ (Bukhari)
Question and Answer:
- Slmz. We were about to perform salaah in a strange place. We noticed some people reading in a certain direction and assumed that they were facing qiblah so we faced the same way. is it fine?
(Question published as received)
- In the enquired case, it was necessary for you to try your level best to determine the Qiblah direction before performing Salaah. It was incorrect for you to follow a group of people assuming that they were performing Salaah in the right Qiblah direction.
If you had tried your level best to determine the Qiblah direction before performing Salaah and you later discovered that the Qiblah direction was incorrect, your Salaah will be valid.
However, if you did not try your level best in determining the Qiblah direction before performing Salaah and later discovered that the Qiblah direction was incorrect, your Salaah will be invalid and will have to be repeated.
In either case, if the Qiblah direction turned out to be correct, your Salaah will be valid and will not have to be repeated. (Shaami 1/433)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.)