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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Kiblah, kib′la, n. the point toward which Mohammedans turn in prayer.
The water vase within me, they say, is like a devout man standing towards the Kiblah of the Mihrab, ready to begin his prayers.An Architect's Note-book in Spain
Matthew Digby Wyatt
- Islam the direction of Mecca, to which Muslims turn in prayer, indicated in mosques by a niche (mihrab) in the wall
Word Origin for kiblah
C18: from Arabic qíblah that which is placed opposite; related to qabala to be opposite
- a variant of kiblah
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