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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit explanation of verse number 142 from the esteemed Surah Al Baqarah.

سَيَقُوۡلُ السُّفَهَآءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلّٰٮهُمۡ عَنۡ قِبۡلَتِهِمُ الَّتِىۡ كَانُوۡا عَلَيۡهَا ​ؕ قُل لِّلّٰهِ الۡمَشۡرِقُ وَالۡمَغۡرِبُ ؕ يَهۡدِىۡ مَنۡ يَّشَآءُ اِلٰى صِراطٍ مُّسۡتَقِيۡمٍ‏

‘So now the foolish people will say, “What has turned the Muslims away from the qiblah (prayer direction) which they formerly observed?”; proclaim, “To Allah only belong the East and the West; He guides whomever He wills upon the Straight Path.”

After his migration to Madina the Prophet ﷺ continued to pray in the direction of Jerusalem for between sixteen and seventeen months. Subsequently, he received the order to pray in the direction of the Ka’bah. This reinstates a point in the narrow minds of the ignorant people and those with limited vision that lend undue attachment to formalities such as the direction and location of Prayer. They presumably conceived Allah to be confined to a particular direction. 

In reply to their absurd objection the first thing which was explained was that all directions belong to Allah. Fixing any particular direction for Prayer does not mean that Allah is confined to that direction. All those who have been favored with the true guidance of Allah SWT rise above these conformities and look at the wider aspect of our Deen – Worship of Allah SWT and following the message sent to us through His beloved Prophet ﷺ.

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Nouman Ali Khan

Nouman Ali Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah and serves as a lead instructor for several programs including Dream, traveling seminars and Bayyinah TV. His serious Arabic training began in the U.S. in 1999 under Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and former principal of Quran College in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Nouman served as a professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College until 2006 when he decided to take Bayyinah on as a full-time project. Since then he has taught more than 10,000 students through traveling seminars and programs. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is focusing on teaching his students, developing Arabic curricula and filming material for Bayyinah TV.

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