Ascertain the correct direction of Qiblah with the help of the sun on 15th and 16th July

Ascertain the correct direction of Qiblah with the help of the sun on 15th and 16th July

Twice a year (on 27th and 28th May, and 15th and 16th July), the sun is positioned exactly above the holy Kaʿba. At that time, with the help of the shadow cast by any object, the correct direction of Qiblah may be ascertained easily (for masajid and homes etc.).

Method: On 15th or 16th July, at 12:27 pm, according to Saudi Arabia Standard Time (GMT+3) and 2:27 pm according to Pakistan Standard Time (GMT+5), vertically erect a stick or rod so that it is not inclined to any side. You may even tie something heavy at the end of a thread and hang that as well.

Now, make a mark on the shadow created at the aforementioned time. Now, by turning in the direction of that piece of wood, rod or thread while standing at the mark of the shadow, you will be in the exact direction of Qiblah. (There is no harm if this process is done 2 or 4 minutes early or late)

Ruling: If one offered salah to the right or left of the exact direction of Qiblah within 45 degrees, it is valid.[1]

Some famous countries and the schedule of the times of ascertaining the correct direction of Qiblah in them

10:27 AM

UK, Iceland, Ireland, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Congo etc.

9:27 AM

Ghana, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Togo etc.


Albania, Austria, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Egypt, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique South Africa etc.


Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Qatar, Tanzania, Yemen, Sudan, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria etc.


Iran, Afghanistan


United Arab Emirates, Oman, Mauritius etc.


India, Sri Lanka.


Pakistan, Tajikistan etc.






Indonesia (Java), Thailand


China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia (Kalimantan) etc.


Japan, Korea

[1] Bahār-i-Sharīʿat, vol. 1, p.487 derived, Maktaba-tul-Madinah Karachi




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