Saudi Arabia: Sun To Be Directly Overhead Kaaba On Friday


The sun will be overhead the Holy Kaaba on Friday for the second and last time this year, Astronomical Society of Jeddah said.

Majid Abu Zahir, president of the society, said this will happen at 12:27 p.m. (local time) after Azan of Dhuhr prayer.

The sun will be in the middle from where it comes down for dusk. It will be overhead of the Kaaba at the time its shadow disappears, he said, adding that this will happen when the sun apparently returns from the tropic of cancer heading toward south on the equator.

He said this astronomical situation helps in implementation of determination of the direction of Qibla for those who live in geographically farther areas from Makkah in Arab and Islamic countries, as well as all the regions where the sun is on the horizon at that time.

This can be done by monitoring the shadow of a piece of wood or plastic fixed vertically on the earth, so that the direction of Qibla will be on the opposite side of the shadow.

Earlier in May, the sun was overhead the Kaaba for the first time this year.

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

One thought on “Saudi Arabia: Sun To Be Directly Overhead Kaaba On Friday

  • July 13, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What does Sun has to do with Allah? Allah is the Moon from ancient time.
    Why would Allah care about Sun? There are Trillions of stars bigger and shinier than the Sun?
    People still worship Idols, yet they call it God of Universe. Such a self centered humans who made up Allah as the God of universe! Like a virus saying humans are God!


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