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    Question ID: 42251Country: Pakistan

    Title: Qiba Direction

    Question: It is fardh that we should face Qiblah when offering our prayer, how to find the direction in a cloudy day and without any device like campus etc? If you are not sure about the direction (after reasonable effort) what direction you should adopt and will the prayer be correct? How to find location of Qiblah when the sun is not visible in sky? During travel on airplane, what is the correct method to pray (direction/sitting on seat? and while Qiblah is changing) how to find Qiblah direction for Isha salah since the sun is not present at that time. All these questions were faced by myself during my travel to a non-Muslim country and I had lost my prayers in confusion.

    Answer ID: 42251

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 1764/1127/L=1433) The ruling in all the above mentioned cases is that if one does not know the direction of Qiblah due to cloudy sky or night or due to any other reason and there is none who could tell him the direction and neither there is any other way to know it then the person should decide himself and turn towards the direction where his heart tends and should offer salah. His salah shall be valid. فإن لم يكن (الاستدلال على القبلة) لوجود غيم أو لعدم معرفته بها فبا السوال من العالم بها فإن لم يكن فيتحري ، وكذا يتحري لو سأله عنها فلم يخبره (الشامي 2/114) The method of offering salah in plane is similar to train i.e. if the facility of facing Qiblah, qiyam, ruku and sujud is available and fardh salah is offered then the salah shall be valid. However, if Qiblah diverts during salah then the face should be turned towards that direction and if salah is offered while sitting in the seat (though the face was towards Qiblah) then salah shall not be valid. If someone does so he must offer that salah again.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India