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Qiblah in flight: when and in which direction to offer my prayers

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)



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Asalamalikoum Brother Burhan,

I shall be leaving by air from Canada to Pakistan via Atlantic and want to know how, when and in which direction to offer my prayers. Your urgent reply will be appreciated as I shall be flying off in couple of weeks.

Thank you.

Khuda Hafiz


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Qiblah in flight

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


When one is in the air, or when traveling in a moving vehicle, the believers should turn towards the Qiblah and start the prayer by declaring the Takbeer and then continue the prayer in whatever direction the vehicle is moving. But if one is unable to determine the Qiblah, especially from the air, the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that one may pray in whatever direction the vehicle is moving.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 1221 Narrated b yAnas ibn Malik

When the Apostle of Allah (saws) was on a journey and wished to say voluntary prayer, he made his she-camel face the qiblah and uttered the takbir (Allah is most great), then prayed in whatever direction his mount made his face.


And if one sincerely tries, but still cannot determine the direction of the Qiblah, he may use his best judgment for the direction of the Qiblah and perform his prayer, and believe that East and West, all belong to Allah Subhanah!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 115: To Allah belong the East and the West; whithersoever ye turn there is the presence of Allah. For Allah is All-Pervading All-Knowing.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 142: The fools among the people will say: "What hath turned them from the Qiblah to which they were used?" Say: To Allah belong both East and West; He guideth whom He will to a Way that is straight.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,






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