follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

qibla

[kib-luh] /ˈkɪb lə/
noun, Islam.
1.
the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
Also, qiblah, kibla, kiblah.
Origin
< Arabic qiblah
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for qiblah

qibla

/ˈkɪblə/
noun
1.
a variant of kiblah
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for qiblah

kiblah

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.

Learn more about kiblah with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for qibla

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for qiblah

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for qiblah