Q: What is the wisdom behind facing
the honorable Ka`bah
in Salah (Prayer)?
It is known that the duty of a Muslim is to carry out Allah's commands as much as possible and refrain from committing what He has prohibited. Whether one grasps its wisdom or not, one must believe that Allah commands only that which is of benefit and prohibits that which is harmful. All of His legislations contain wisdom which He knows; He reveals of this wisdom what He wishes so that believers may increase their Iman (Faith), and withholds what He wishes so that believers may increase their submission to Him.The Muslims have taken
the Ka`bah as a Qiblah (direction faced for Prayer) in obedience to Allah's order in His statement,
Verily! We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s صلى الله عليه وسلم) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (at Makkah). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.
(Part No. 6; Page No. 312) (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 144). The wisdom behind this is perhaps that it is the Qiblah of our father Ibrahim (peace be upon him), as mentioned regarding the event when the Ayah was revealed. The Prophet (peace be upon him) had hoped to be ordered to face
the Ka`bah during Salah instead of
Al-Aqsa Mosque. Thus, Allah granted his wish. It might also be a refutation of the claim made by
the Jews that we share their Qiblah. It may be for another reason and only Allah knows.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.