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or qib·lah

noun Islam.
  1. the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Kaʿba, or House of God, at Mecca.
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Often kib·la, kib·lah.

Origin of qibla

From the Arabic word qiblah
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Historical Examples of qibla

  • If he cannot turn towards the Qibla, he is, under the circumstances, allowed to face any direction most convenient.

    The Faith of Islam

    Edward Sell

  • In a mosque the qibla is indicated by a niche (miḥrab) in one of the walls.

British Dictionary definitions for qibla


  1. a variant of kiblah
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