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'Chance to determine Qiblat direction more accurately'
Muslims in Malaysia had the chance to determine the direction of the Qiblat more accurately when the sun was expected to be exactly above the city of Mecca at the time of transit, 5.16pm (Malaysian time) today.
Qiblat is the direction of the Ka'abah in Mecca that Muslims must face when praying.
The National Observatory, Langkawi under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, on its Facebook, said the sun was expected to be exactly above the city of Mecca at 5.16pm today and on July 16 at 5.28pm.
In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the phenomenon was expected to occur on May 28 at 12.16pm and on July 16 at 12.28 pm.
It said that at both times, the shadow from an upright pole could be used as the indicator to show the direction of the Qiblat on the whole surface of the earth that could see the sun at that time.
"Make sure the shadow is clearly visible. Then, make a line towards the sun in order to get the right direction of the Qiblat," according to the website at www.falak-online.net. -- Bernama