Finding out the qiblah direction

Q: Me and my father were in a new town at the time of salaah. My father used some kind of compass and found the Qiblah direction. The next day we found the Qiblah to be different, as my father made some kind of mistake or the compass didn’t work properly, maybe 90 degrees in different direction was what we originally faced. Must the salaah read in the wrong direction be repeated? 

A: The right procedure was to find out the qiblah direction from someone living in that town before using the compass. If there was someone to find out from and you had not asked them then repeat the salaah. Otherwise, the salaah will be valid.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)