qibla

qibla

[kib-luh]
noun Islam.
the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
Also, qiblah, kibla, kiblah.


Origin:
< Arabic qiblah

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qibla (ˈkɪblə)
 
n
a variant of kiblah

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qibla

the direction of the sacred shrine of the Ka'bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, toward which Muslims turn five times each day when performing the salat (daily ritual prayer). Soon after Muhammad's emigration (Hijrah, or Hegira) to Medina in 622, he indicated Jerusalem as the qiblah, probably influenced by Jewish tradition. When Jewish-Muslim relations no longer seemed promising, Muhammad changed the qiblah to Mecca.

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