Qiblah 2:142 – 2:150

Abolition of Bigotry and Prejudice*
[2:142] The fools among the people would say, “Why did they change the direction of their Qiblah?”* Say, “To GOD belongs the east and the west; He guides whoever wills in a straight path.” 

Footnote: *2:142-145 “Qiblah” is the direction one faces during the Contact Prayers (Salat). When Gabriel conveyed to Muhammad the command to face Jerusalem instead of Mecca, the hypocrites were exposed. The Arabs were strongly prejudiced in favor of the Ka`aba as their “Qiblah.” Only the true believers were able to overcome their prejudices; they readily obeyed the messenger.

[2:143] We thus made you an impartial community, that you may serve as witnesses among the people, and the messenger serves as a witness among you. We changed the direction of your original Qiblah only to distinguish those among you who readily follow the messenger from those who would turn back on their heels. It was a difficult test, but not for those who are guided by GOD. GOD never puts your worship to waste. GOD is Compassionate towards the people, Most Merciful.

Qiblah Restored to Mecca
[2:144] We have seen you turning your face about the sky (searching for the right direction). We now assign a Qiblah that is pleasing to you. Henceforth, you shall turn your face towards the Sacred Masjid. Wherever you may be, all of you shall turn your faces towards it. Those who received the previous scripture know that this is the truth from their Lord. GOD is never unaware of anything they do.

[2:145] Even if you show the followers of the scripture every kind of miracle, they will not follow your Qiblah. Nor shall you follow their Qiblah. They do not even follow each others’ Qiblah. If you acquiesce to their wishes, after the knowledge that has come to you, you will belong with the transgressors.

Why is the Qiblah east slightly south in the US and Canada?

This is the common direction until the late 80’s when some people started praying northeast. The reason they prayed northeast is because of Euclidean geometry and the belief that you face the shortest direction. Except the verse tells us to turn our face towards the Ka’aba. When we face northeast we are not facing the Ka’aba. On a globe we would be facing north then when we hit the top of the globe facing south towards the Ka’aba.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53KrQ3IjhxE

     Qiblah Restored to Mecca
[2:149] Wherever you go, you shall turn your face (during Salat) towards the Sacred Masjid.* This is the truth from your Lord. GOD is never unaware of anything you all do. 

Footnote: *2:149 A glaring proof of the idolatry committed by today’s “Muslims” is the designation of Muhammad’s tomb as a “Sacred Masjid.” The Quran mentions only one “Sacred Masjid.”

[2:150] Wherever you go, you shall turn your face (during Salat) towards the Sacred Masjid; wherever you might be, you shall turn your faces (during Salat) towards it. Thus, the people will have no argument against you, except the transgressors among them. Do not fear them, and fear Me instead. I will then perfect My blessings upon you, that you may be guided. 

Masjid Tucson published a lengthy paper on this topic:

http://www.masjidtucson.org/submission/practices/salat/QiblahSouthEastUSAandCanada.pdf 

Additionally Al’Azhar from Egypt is very adamant that the correct direction of prayer from the US and Canada is southeast.

http://www.qiblah.us/qiblah-north-america/qiblah/page/2/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qibla#North_American_interpretations

 [2:148] Each of you chooses the direction to follow; you shall race towards righteousness. Wherever you may be, GOD will summon you all. GOD is Omnipotent.

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