The direction of the Kaaba (the sacred building at Mecca), to which Muslims turn at prayer.
- But for a Muslim who is thousands of miles from Mecca, finding the right direction to pray - the qibla, or ‘sacred direction ‘- is not so easy.’
- The only architectural requirement for a mosque is that it have a wall correctly oriented toward the qibla.
- With the cloisters complete, it was time to define the qibla or the axis along which lay Mecca.
Mid 17th century: from Arabic ḳibla 'that which is opposite'.
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