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qiblah Line breaks: qib¦lah
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪblə/
(also qibla, kibla, kiblah)

Definition of qiblah in English:


The direction of the Kaaba (the sacred building at Mecca), to which Muslims turn at prayer.
Example sentences
  • 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: Arabic, 'that which is opposite'.

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Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive