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#92 [Permalink] Posted on 28th May 2014 09:31
This is about to happen in about an hour. (10:28am) Shame theres no sun shining here in London.
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#93 [Permalink] Posted on 28th May 2014 10:18
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No sun in Midlands, raining...

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#94 [Permalink] Posted on 30th May 2014 20:29

Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahamtullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Disclaimer: Although my results are correct but I don't think that this translation is accurate so if you are Trigonometry buff please look at the forumula.

Shaykh (Mufti) Rasheed Ahmed Ludhyanwi (RA) in his book Ahsanul-Fatawa has published 9 separate ways of finding Qiblah direction. His student Shaykh (Mufti) Sultan Alam (HA) [Head of Astronomy, Jamiatur-Rasheed] states that for laymen method 2 is the easiest to understand and follow and this is also found in most modern Astronomy books, so here is the English translation for the example mentioned in the book (Karachi).

In order to calulcate the Qiblah direction you will need to know four things:

  1. Longitude of Makkah
  2. Latitude of Makkah
  3. Longitude of Karachi
  4. Latitude of Karachi

You can easily find these using Google these by using the following terms:

  1. Makkah Latitude Longitude   (Answer given is 21.4167° N, 39.8167° E)
  2. Karachi Latitude Longitude  (Answer given is 24.8600° N, 67.0100° E)
  3. Mumbai Latitude Longitude  (Answer given is 18.9750° N, 72.8258° E)
  4. London Latitude Longitude    (Answer given is 51.5072° N, -0.1275° W)
  5. New York Latitude Longitude (Answer given is 40.7127° N, -74.0059° W)

Before proceeding further I would like to add a small detail here which is not explained properly in the book as follows:

  1. All Northern Latitudes are always POSITIVE (+)
  2. All Southern Latitudes are always NEGATIVE (-)
  3. All Eastern Longitudes are always POSITIVE (+)
  4. All Western Longitudes are always NEGATIVE (-)

Please also that all my firgures are in decimal formation! If you get your Longitudes mixed up with Latitudes you will have some serious problems, pay attention to directions!

Step 1:

Obtain the difference in Longitude between your city and Makkah by subtracting the Higher Longitude from the Lower Longitude and we will call this number F.

For Karachi:

F = (67.0100-39.8167) = 27.1933

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For Mumbai:

F = (72.8258-39.8167) = 33.0091

For London:

Remember that you actually have a NEGATIVE (-) so watch what happens!

F = (39.8167-(-0.1275)) = 39.8167+0.1275 = 39.9442

For New York:

Remember that you actually have a NEGATIVE (-) so watch what happens!

F = (39.8167-(-74.0059)) = 39.8167+74.0059 = 113.8226

Step 2:

Qiblah =  ATAN (Sin F/(Cos B * Tan M)-(Sin B * Cos F))

For Karachi:

  1. Latitude of city (B) =                      24.8600
    1. Calculate the Cos of B =    0.9630
    2. Calculate the Sin of B =     -0.2694
  2. Latitude of Makkah (M) =             21.4167
    1. Calculate the Tan of M =    -0.647262771327559
  3. Longitude Difference (F) =                 27.1933
    1. Calculate the Cos of F =   -0.470416271858726
    2. Calculate the Sin of F =     0.882444633487301
  4. Cos B x Tan M = 0.9630 x -0.647262771327559 = -0.6233
  5. Sin B x Cos F = -0.2694 x -0.470416271858726 = 0.1267
  6. (Cos B x Tan M) - (Sin B x Cos F) = (-0.6233) - (0.1267) = -0.7500
  7. Sin F / (Cos B x Tan M) - (Sin B x Cos F) = 0.882444633487301 / -0.7500 = -1.1766
  8. Calculate the atan of this number = ATAN (-1.1766) = -0.8664
  9. Times this by 100 and you get = 86.64

Step 3:

There are two significant things to look at in your number:

  1. If its a NEGATIVE (-) number then you start counting from South otherwise it will be from North
  2. If you must know from North then:

    1. Ignore the NEGATIVE (-)
    2. Subtract the resulting number from 180 e.g. 180 - 86.64 = 93.36 from North Anticlockwise
    3. Subtract the resulting number from 360 e.g. 360 - 86.64 = 273.36 from North Clockwise


Test Mumbai:

Mumbai Latitude Longitude  (Answer given is 18.9750° N, 72.8258° E)

The number I get is -100.1811428

  1. If its a NEGATIVE (-) number then you start counting from South otherwise it will be from North
  2. If you must know from North then:
    1. Ignore the NEGATIVE (-)
    2. Subtract the resulting number from 180 e.g. 180 -100.1811428 = 79.82 from North Anticlockwise
    3. Subtract the resulting number from 360 e.g. 360 - 100.1811428 = -259.82 from North Clockwise

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#95 [Permalink] Posted on 30th May 2014 22:08

Shaykh (Mufti) Rasheed Ahmed Ludhyanwi (RA) had created a graph by hand in 1969 for worldwide Qiblah directions and this was one of a kind graph for Qiblah directions. In 1983 Engineer Basheer Ahmed Baghwi tried to create an A4 size version of the graph to make it accessible to laymen.

These days Engineer Mohammad Odeh of ICOP has amalgamated the new computer generated graph into his Accurate Times App

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#96 [Permalink] Posted on 10th February 2015 21:14
 
Technology sets right prayer
direction in many mosques

 
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

TAIF — Many residents of Taif who depend on Google Earth to work out the direction of the Qiblah (the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims face when praying) were surprised to find most local mosques were facing the wrong way when holding prayers, Makkah reported.

Awad Al-Thubaiti said before such technology became popular, people never questioned the direction of the Qiblah in mosques.

The only time when people had to work out the direction of the Qiblah was when they had to pray outside of the mosques.

Al-Thubaiti said: “New hi-tech methods have provided us with a more accurate calculation of the Qiblah direction through satellite technology.

“The most widely used of these methods is Google Earth.”

He added that Google Earth is used to define the direction of the Qiblah by locating the Kaaba and the mosque the user is in.

The user would then draw a line from the mosque he is in to the Kaaba to determine the Qiblah’s direction.

Al-Thubaiti said: “Often the estimations don’t match the Qiblah direction determined in the mosques.

“The difference differs from mosque to mosque, but the most accurate of them all is Abdullah Bin Abbas Mosque.”

Taif Ministry of Islamic Affairs Director Abdulaziz Al-Mudara said the Board of Senior Ulema (scholars) has issued a fatwa (religious edict) in 1988 stating that facing the Qiblah in prayers is not an accurate measure but a close approximation.

The fatwa clarified that the most important thing for a correct prayer is for the Muslim to be facing the right direction.

However, people believed the ministry’s response was dismissive and was too heavily reliant on a 27-year-old fatwa over modern and accurate technology.

In response, Al-Mudara said the ministry does use new accurate and specialized technology in determining the direction of the Qiblah.

He said: “The devices we have are more accurate than Google Earth.

“If we found any discrepancies in the current and new calculations of the Qiblah’s direction, we will simply readjust the direction of the mosque’s prayer mats.

“The same fatwa also said that if a mosque had the wrong Qiblah direction, there is no need to demolish it and only change the direction its prayer mats points toward.”
 
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#98 [Permalink] Posted on 27th May 2015 22:15
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what UK time? Confirm the details please...
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#99 [Permalink] Posted on 27th May 2015 22:22
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from the northeast horizon and continues moving until it comes directly overhead on the Kaaba at 12:18 p.m. The Kaaba will lose its shadow for a brief time.


Therefore, 10:18am UK time since Makkah is 2 hours ahead of us.

Makkah is currently GMT+3
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#100 [Permalink] Posted on 24th June 2017 12:12
Halalified YT Audio

Noman Ali Khan on Qiblah direction and things we may not have known.

A beautiful verse in the Quran is also mentioned where Allah says He looks at our Iman! A good listen.
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#101 [Permalink] Posted on 14th July 2017 15:16

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Qibla by the Sun
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Sun over the Kaaba on Saturday 15 July

التعامد الثاني للشمس على الكعبة.. السبت المقبل

At the time of noon at the Sacred Mosque at 12:27pm local Makkah time (9:27am) (GMT)

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