Qibla

The Qibla (Arabic: قِبْلَة‎, “Direction”, also transliterated as Qiblah, Qibleh, Kiblah, Kıble or Kibla), is the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during ṣalāh (Arabic: صَلَاة‎). It is fixed as the direction of the Kaaba in the Hejazi[2] city of Mecca. Most mosques contain a wall niche that indicates the Qibla, which is known as a miḥrâb (Arabic: مِحْرَاب‎). Most multifaith prayer rooms will also contain a Qibla, although usually less standardized in appearance than one would find within a mosque.[3]

Muslims all praying towards the same point is traditionally considered to symbolize the unity of the Ummah (Arabic: اُمَّة‎, the community Muslims worldwide), under the Sharīʿah (Arabic: شَرِيْعَة‎, Law of God). The Qibla also has importance beyond ṣalāh, and plays a part in various ceremonies. The head of an animal that is slaughtered using ḥalāl (Arabic: حَلَال‎, ‘Allowed’) methods is usually aligned with the Qibla. After death, Muslims are usually buried with the body at right angles to the Qibla and the face turned right towards the direction of the Qibla.[citation needed]

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