- 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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If he cannot turn towards the Qibla, he is, under the circumstances, allowed to face any direction most convenient.The Faith of Islam
In a mosque the qibla is indicated by a niche (miḥrab) in one of the walls.
- a variant of kiblah
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