Finding your direction with Qibla compasses from Al-Hidayaah
For Muslim unity, it is important to pray facing Mecca, or rather more specifically, it is the holy shrine of Kabah that the Qibla is indicating. The indication of the Qibla, literally meaning "direction", is a necessity for Muslims and it is essential to know Mecca's position from where you are in the world. The Qibla is needed primarily for Salat prayer, but also for other important times in our lives.
The Qibla compass and its use throughout history
The Qibla compass has been with us for nearly a thousand years. Originally a magnetic bar or needle rested in a bowl of water, this has developed into the more familiar compass with indicator points and degrees. There have been many beautiful examples of ornate antique Qibla compasses uncovered and preserved from the last few hundred years, elaborately engraved and decorated, for use on land and sea. The Qibla compass has become a tool that no Muslim can be without.
The Qibla compass really comes into its own when travelling, or when you are new to an area that you have recently moved to. Unfamiliar surroundings can be stressful at the best of times, and with the use of a compass to find the Qibla, the pressure can be taken off of the situation when you need to pray. There is no need to perform prayers in an aimless direction.
For home or travel, use a Qibla compass
When using a Qibla compass, it is important to align the north with the specific point on the compass that relates to the location of the user. The user can then turn towards the direction on the compasses Qibla indicator. The Qibla compasses from Al-Hidayaah are provided with instructions to find the correct position for Salat wherever you are in the world.
Thanks to modern developments, our Qibla compasses are incredibly accurate, making sure that the correct indication is shown. With this knowledge, you can feel secure that the rituals of Islam can be observed. Whether on land, on sea or in the air, it is possible to perform Salat without fear of inaccuracy. See our selection online of Qibla compasses, available separately or attached to prayer mats.