Definition of qiblah in English:


(also kiblah, qibla, kibla)


  • The direction of the Kaaba (the sacred building at Mecca), to which Muslims turn at prayer.

    • ‘With the cloisters complete, it was time to define the qibla or the axis along which lay Mecca.’
    • ‘But for a Muslim who is thousands of miles from Mecca, finding the right direction to pray - the qibla, or ‘sacred direction ‘- is not so easy.’’
    • ‘The only architectural requirement for a mosque is that it have a wall correctly oriented toward the qibla.’
    • ‘Someone suggested that sleeping while facing qibla is not an authentic sunnah.’
    • ‘The great central arch of the frontispiece of the qibla qubba masks the dome behind.’


Mid 17th century: Arabic, that which is opposite.