Astronomy Application: An Easy Way to Determine Kiblat Direction on July 16

Facing west of Brunei, the method of determining the Kiblat using shadow of column during the "istiwa adzam" in Makkah.
Facing west of Brunei, the method of determining the Kiblat using shadow of column during the “istiwa adzam” in Makkah.

Above: Facing west of Brunei, the method of determining theย Kiblat using shadow of columnย during the “istiwa adzam” in Makkah.

Bandar Seri Begawan – Onย July 16ย of each year, at 5:28 pm, the sun willย be at Zenith and exactly above the Kaabah, Makkah.

This phenomenon known asistiwa adzam” can be used by Muslims from almost all over the worldย as an easyย Islamicย astronomical methodย to determine the exact direction of Kiblat.

In a year,ย the sun will be directly above theย Kaabah twice, on every 28th May at 5:16 pm and again on July 16th at 5:28 pm Brunei time.

Follow the following ways to check the Qiblah from your area:

1. You must use a straight objects such as a pole or side of the house. It must be vertical by checking with weights tied to a thread (plumbline).

2. The object mustย not beย in placesย under shade, for example do not put under the tree or in the house. However, it must beย be placed in areas that receive direct sunlight, for example, in a spacious yard.

3. Exactly at 5:28 pm July 16, the line shadow produced by the sun is theย Kiblat direction which is facing toward the sun.

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