Qibla is the Arabic word for the direction that should be faced during prayers.
It points to the Kaaba in Mecca and gives a common direction to Muslims all around the globe.
You no longer need an astrolabe or another costly device. Your iPhone can help you.
Depending on your device there are 2 options :
- With an iPhone 3GS (or higher model) and its integrated compass, just wait one or two seconds and your iPhone will point the Qibla.
The screen displays "Delta" with angular difference.
- With an older model or an Ipod Touch / iPad, you'll need a real compass to find magnetic north. Then set the top of your iPhone pointing the same direction. The arrow on the screen will show you the Qibla direction.
The screen displays "Compass bearing" with magnetic declination included.
Double Tap on the compass to change its look.
On the bottom of the screen : salaat times.
The control panel for salaat is in the device "Settings".
You have 10 presets (ISNA, MWL, …) for calculation method and 2 choices for Asr.
No network access is required, all calculations are done on the device. Great for traveling.