The Qibla direction finder is a web service which allows Muslims to find the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia from any place on Earth. This is the direction that Muslims must face during their daily prayers.
The word "Qibla" can be translated from Arabic as direction for prayers. This is marked in all mosques around the World and it enables Muslims to know in which direction they must pray. The Qibla changes depending on the position a person is on Earth. In the United States, the Qibla is in the general direction of the Northeast.
The Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem was the original Qibla. As from the year 624, the prayers were directed towards Mecca and the Kaaba. The Kaaba is a pre-Islamic rectangular edifice found in the sanctuary of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca, present day Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest shrine in Islam.
According to Islamic traditions, the Kaaba was built by the prophet Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic) to house the Black Stone given to him by the Archangel Gabriel. It was adopted into Islam by prophet Muhammad, as according to Islamic tradition, he was a direct descendant of Abraham. Abraham is believed to have a direct link to all the prophets in Biblical lands and is considered by Muslims as an Islamic prophet.