Why was the qibla direction changed from Jerusalem to Makkah?
  • Question:
    Why was the qibla direction changed from Jerusalem to Makkah? Is it because Allah sensed our Prophet’s (saw) heart?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    The Qibla direction was changed as a command and injunction from Allah. Primarily it was a test for the dedicated believers. The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) also longed for this but this was not the only reason for the change.

    “And We did not prescribe the Qiblah which you used to observe except to know the one who follows the Messenger as distinct from the one who turns on his heels. It was burdensome indeed, but not on those whom Allah guided. Allah will not allow your faith go to waste. Certainly Allah is very kind, very merciful to the people.” (Qur’an: 2:143)


    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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