Also keblah, kib·la.
Origin of kiblah
First recorded in 1730–40, kiblah is from the Arabic word qiblah
- the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
Often kib·la, kib·lah.
Origin of qibla
From the Arabic word qiblah
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Examples from the Web for kibla
He described the visit of the French pilgrims to this spot—their Kibla—as most affecting.
The sheik squats in the kibla or niche, and we sit on chairs ranged round the wall.Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water
Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
The Kibla in this mosque is a picturesque domed structure higher than the rest of the building.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
- a variant of kiblah
- Islam the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims turn in prayer, indicated in mosques by a niche (mihrab) in the wall
C18: from Arabic qíblah that which is placed opposite; related to qabala to be opposite
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