How can I find the right Qibla direction? Every Islamic app I tested gives me different answers.
The Kaaba is a cube-shaped building in Makkah that Muslims pray towards. It is situated in Masjid al-Haram, which is the name of the enclosure that contains the Kaaba. Qibla is an Islamic term for this location. The more than one billion Muslims turn towards the Kaaba when they offer salah/namaz/prayer.
“We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]…” (Quran 2:149). The incident of the changing of the Qibla happened in the 2nd year after the Hijrah. Before that, Muslims prayed towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. However, Allah has designated the Kaaba as the Qibla until the end of time.
Astronomers and mathematicians have developed methods to calculate the Qibla in the centuries gone by. However, Muslims are now at an advantage due to advances made by technology. In the 21st century, finding the Qibla is easier than ever, especially in the era of the internet and smartphones.