Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuh

After I moved to a new location, I used an app on my smart phone to find the direction of the Qibla. I found out that the direction the app points to is not consistent at all, so this morning I got up and went to the roof of our building to watch the sunrise. It turns out that it is more than 45° away from the Qibla.

Do I now have to repeat all my prayers?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, considering you took the means to pray in the correct direction, your prayers would be valid.

Please also see: Facing the General Direction of the Qibla When the Exact Direction is Known

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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