Why do we as Muslims face towards the Kaaba?

 

“Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?” (Qur’an 23:115)

“Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth: Our Lord! You hast not created this in vain! Glory be to You; save us then from the chastisement of the fire.” (Qur’an 3:191)

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Before we get into this discussion let us look at the word direction.

direction

noun

 

  1. 1.a course along which someone or something moves.“she set off in the opposite direction”
  2. 2.the management or guidance of someone or something.“under his direction, the college has developed an international reputation”

    administration, management, supervision, superintendence, government, regulation, orchestration;

    synonyms:

    conduct, handling, running, overseeing, masterminding; leadership, guidance

When you are in a foreign land and you want to know how to get somewhere what do you look for?

A map!   Today people have maps at the touch of a button on their smartphones; as well as devices installed in their modes of transportation.

Yet for those who espouse liberalism and the most modern doctrines of moral relativity and nihilism, there really isn’t a map or direction at all.

Imagine if I wanted to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage.  Upon speaking to me you found out I had no goals or objectives.

The first day at school or work is called ‘orientation‘.

Let us look at that word.

Orientation.

    1. the action of orienting someone or something relative to the points of a compass or other specified positions.“studies of locational awareness and orientation in young children”
    2. a person’s basic attitude, beliefs, or feelings in relation to a particular subject or issue.“his book is well worth reading, regardless of your political orientation”Synonyms: attitude, inclination, direction, aim, intention.

       

Let us ponder that for a moment.

Let us ponder the opposite for a moment.

This shows us that the whole idea is not only that we as Muslims are unified. It shows that Muslims are people with a purpose.  We have been given a direction.   Muslims are people who are orientated towards the sacred. We are orientated towards the divine.  We are not orientated towards the profane.

So people who do not have a Qiblah (a direction) are people who are upon misguidance and are lost.  They do not have a compass.

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“Thus did We show Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that he might be of those possessing certainty: When the night grew dark upon him he beheld a star. He said: This is my Lord. But when it set, he said: I love not things that set. And when he saw the moon uprising, he exclaimed: This is my Lord. But when it set, he said: Unless my Lord guides me, I surely shall become one of the folks who are astray. And when he saw the sun uprising, he cried: This is my Lord! This is greater! And when it set he exclaimed: O my people! Lo! I am free from all that you associate (with Him). Lo! I have turned my face toward Him Who created the heavens and the earth, as one by nature upright, and I am not of the idolaters.”  (Qur’an 6:75-79)

What prophet Ibrahim (a.s) observed was that these heavenly bodies seemed to follow some kind of order or pattern. It is possible the people of that time did start to have some advanced concepts of astronomy.

What he (a.s) observed is that which follows patterns and laws is not itself the source of those patterns and laws.   Ibrahim (a.s) is worshiping that which is independent of the laws of observation.

Hence, why some scientists are scrambling to try and preempt what many Muslims already believe.

http://www.amazon.com/Universe-Nothing-There-Something-Rather/dp/1451624468

I have found it interesting that when Muslims (often put on the defensive) during debates on topics such as “Is Islam a religion of peace”  etc… do not challenge assumptions, presuppositions that are cherished and held by liberals, and moral relativist.

Here is one you see and hear allot about. “Islam and the West.”

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Is it not interesting that these people never speak about “Islam and the East“?  I mean there are 1 billion people in India who are not Muslims. There are another 1 billion in China who are not Muslims.   You have Japan, the two Koreas, Taiwan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand,  Laos, Cambodia, Italy, Germany, Poland etc…or do they not count?

There are quite a number of Muslim countries in the Western Hemisphere as well.  Which begs the question. In a world that is round where is the “North“?    Where is the “East“?

Did you ever notice that the United States refers to the geographical region where Japan and the two Koreas are ‘The Far East‘? Yet, if I was in Japan and asked someone where is the ‘Far East‘ at?  What do you think they will tell me?

Who made these maps?

Do men really “stand in front” of women during prayers?  Really?

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When NASA tells us ‘You Are Here‘ what are those coordinates?  Relative to what?

When I meet and greet another person are they standing in front of me; or am I standing in front of them?  When I walk am I walking right side up or upside down?

So be thankful!  Al hamdulillah!

As Allah (swt) says to the Blessed Messenger (saw).

“And He found you lost and guided you..” (Qur’an 93:7)

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