During prayer, the correct position of the Muslim is important. He should conduct, turning his face in the direction of the qibla, that is, the city of Mecca. But what about in that situation if the exact direction in which Mecca is located is unknown, and there is no compass with you? Alternative methods of determining the direction will help in this situation.
It is necessary
- - a computer;
- - access to the Internet;
- - geographic map.
Determine the direction of the qibla by the mosque. In this building there is a niche called a mihrab. From it, the imam conducts a prayer. According to religious rules, the mosque is built in such a way that a person facing this niche would pray in the direction of the qibla.
If there is no mosque nearby, use the geographic definition of qibla. Take a map, find your city and Mecca on it (it is located on the territory of modern Saudi Arabia). Determine which geographic direction Mecca is from you. Then you will need to find the right side of the world. Use natural methods for this. At noon, if you face the sun with your left side, then you will look with your face to the south, your back to the north, and your right side to the west. Be guided by the stars at night. In the northern hemisphere, North Star will help you. It is located at the tail of the constellation Ursa Minor, which is shaped like a bucket. The North Star always points north.
Ask a trustworthy local Muslim for qibla direction. In this case, even if he is mistaken, it will not be considered a violation of the religious canon.
Use one of the Internet sites to determine the direction, for example, such an Internet resource can help you - http://www.qiblalocator.com/ Select your city on it, and you can see in which direction you need to pray.
If, despite these recommendations, you still doubt the direction, pray not once, but four times - in all cardinal directions. In this case, you can hope that you have not violated the religious canon.