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Qiblah and the feet

Fatwaa ID: 1097

Question:
‎السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Dear Mufti Saheb…

Qibla is almost 45 degree north east of our house. Thus the same is the situation in every room of our house. Can we face our legs towards exact north or exact east depending on the doors, closets etc?

In other words, how much degree we can deviate from the actual Qibla. Is 45 degree good enough?

‎جزاكَ اللهُ خيراً كثيراً في الدارين

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, the jurists have deemed it makrooh to unnecessarily direct one’s feet towards the qiblah. The more respect one shows to the rites of Shari’ah, the greater is his manifestation of his taqwaa. If one moves off slightly a few degrees to the right or left, then that would not count as directing the feet towards the qiblah. In the enquired situation, you may direct your legs towards exact north or exact south. As long as you are not directing them exactly towards the qiblah, that is fine.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

10/11/1444 AH – 05/01/2023 CE | AMG3-3697

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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