Finding out the qiblah direction

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: If a person prayed without using their Qibla compass, but estimated the Qibla location, but found out they prayed in the opposite direction, is their salat valid?


A: The proper procedure is to ask someone from the area about the qiblah direction before trying to determine it by yourself. If there was someone present from whom you could ask then the salaah has to be repeated.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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