Positioning Towards Kiblah at Death
  • Question:

    Why do we change the position of the human body when dead the head towards the east and the legs towards the west/kiblah/kaaba.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Turning the dead body towards the kaaba is a sign of worship. It is a representation of our belief that “to Allah we belong and to Him we return.” As a believer spends his life facing the Qibla in prayer, it’s only appropriate that he be turned towards it in death.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Director – Islamic Learning Foundation
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