Change of Qiblah From Jerusalem to Makkah

Question :

Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum.



Is there any reasoning mentioned anywhere for changing the qiblah from Jerusalem to Makkah?



Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Answer (Sheikh Ahmad Kutty) :

Wa`alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear
sister, thanks for your question, which reflects your care for having a
clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer
to the people of knowledge to get themselves well-acquainted with the
teachings of Islam, as well as all aspects of life.

It is stated in the books of seerah (biography of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him) that Muslims were facing Jerusalem as the qiblah (direction toward which Muslims turn their faces in Prayer). Then the qiblah of Muslims changed to be the Ka`bah in Makkah upon a command from Almighty Allah, and this was the Prophet's desire. Among the reasons behind this change is that the Ka`bah was held by all as the holiest of sites.



In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Canada, stated,

The qiblah was changed from Jerusalem to the Ka`bah in Makkah, for the Ka`bah is
the first and most ancient House of Worship ever built for all
humankind for the purpose of worshipping Almighty Allah alone, as
stated in the Qur'an. Almighty Allah says, (The first House [of worship] appointed for humankind was that at Bakkah: Full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings)(Aal `Imran 3:96).

The shift of qiblah from Jerusalem to the Ka`bah
thus represents Islam's stance of calling the humankind away from local
or provincial shrines to the First Sanctuary, where the peoples are
invited to give heed to the roots of their father, Adam.



In
other words, this shift intended to unify the humanity under the
Lordship of One God. Islam thus cuts at the root of all tribal, racial,
and ethnic divisions that separate the peoples from one another.




Furthermore, we also learn from the traditions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) that the Ka`bah was the qiblah of the Prophets before him (peace be upon them all). We have been told that all Prophets — such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus — were also facing the Ka`bah in their Prayers.


Source : Islamonline

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