Facing the Qibla


Question:  Assalamualikum,
I just changed my room & I am a bit confused about the positionings.
Is it compulsory to face qibla while sleeping, studying & making wudu?

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Assalam’aleykum, I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Jazakum Allah khayr for your question!

No, it is not obligatory (fard) to face the qibla when sleeping, studying, or performing wudu.

It is recommended for one to sleep in a state of ritual purity and to lie on one’s right side, facing the qibla for a while [at least, and then, if it is difficult to fall asleep on one’s right] then one may sleep on one’s left side [without it being considered sub-optimal] [ al-Sirajiyya]

Facing the qibla while performing one’s wudu is merely recommended (mustahabb). [Nur al-Idah]

Facing the qibla while studying is advice given by many scholars, but it is not obligatory.

And Allah knows best.

May  Allah Most High grant you the best of this world and the next. Please keep us in your du’as!


[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani