Insights into Purification: Facing the Qiblah

 

Extracts from lessons given by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) on the rulings and etiquettes of purification. Habib Umar is teaching Habib Abdullah bin Husayn Balfaqih’s “Kifayat al-Raghib” in Shafi`i fiqh.

The best place on the earth after the place in which the Prophet is buried ﷺ is the Noble Ka`bah.

Allah says:

Whichever way you turn, there is the countenance of Allah.[1]

In spite of the fact that the heavens and the earth belong to Allah, He made it such that facing certain directions has a specific effect. He thus made it obligatory to face the Noble Ka`bah in prayer.

Allah says:

Turn your face towards the Sacred Mosque, and wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it. [2]

It is also recommended to face the qiblah in other situations, such as performing wudu. Many people make light of this Sunnah. When they build mosques they should make wudu areas in such a way that the person making wudu faces the qiblah. Facing the qiblah has an effect on the heart and the soul.

If someone is studying, remembering Allah or calling to Allah he should try to face the qiblah and then what he is doing will have more effect and more benefit.

There were once two students who had a similar level of understanding and intelligence. However, Allah gave an opening to one and not the other. The reason for this was that the one who was given the opening always studied facing the qiblah.

It is recommended to sleep facing the qiblah, but once again people neglect this Sunnah because they do not realise its importance.

Extracts from lessons given by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) on the rulings and etiquettes of purification. Habib Umar is teaching Habib Abdullah bin Husayn Balfaqih’s “Kifayat al-Raghib” in Shafi`i fiqh.

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[1] Al-Baqarah, 2:115

[2] Al-Baqarah, 2:144