Determine The Direction of Qibla Without a Compass

The Qibla is the direction that should be faced when we, the Muslims, offer Salat.

The direction of the Qibla is different, depending on your geographical location. If I am traveling overseas, I usually determine the direction of the Qibla by determining the direction of prayers in a nearby mosque. But finding a mosque in a country like Finland could prove to be difficult.

I have also noticed that some hotel rooms have indication on the direction of the Qibla. I have seen hotel rooms in Malaysia with a sticker arrow on the ceiling wall pointing to the direction of the Qibla.

If you do not have a compass, or unable to find a mosque nearby, do not fret – there is another way to determine the Qibla direction. To determine the Qibla location, visit the Qibla Locator site and enter your address. You will see a red line pointing to the Ka’aba.

Note that the site gives the direction from True North and not the Magnetic North. There could be several degrees of difference between the True North and the Magnetic North depending on where you are on earth. So, use the site with caution and apply the difference between the True North and Magnetic North.