Qiblah Direction from Blackburn

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by IslamicPortal.co.uk

Is Qiblah from Blackburn South East?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Answer

It is a common misconception that the direction for Qiblah from the UK is precisely South East. South East is 135 degrees from North. The Qiblah from Blackburn is at 118 degrees from North. This was confirmed by several scholars of Blackburn in 2008 after extensive research that involved the use of various modern and traditional methods to determine the Qiblah, including satellite technology and the sun method mentioned by Muslim astronomers wherein the sun is positioned directly above Makkah on certain dates (27 May and 16 July) at a particular time (see Aḥsan al-Fatāwā, 2:343).

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

22 Rajab 1439 / 8 April 2018

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed and Mufti Muhammad Tahir

For further information, click on the following link: https://islamicportal.co.uk/change-in-direction-for-mosque/

 

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