Direction of Qiblah from North American cities (U.S. and Canada)
Face the QIBLAH (the direction of Mecca): In the U.S. A. the correct direction is generally SOUTHEAST. DO NOT follow the "magnetic" direction suggested by magnetic compasses. They are wrong. Please contact us for an explanation. Briefly, the soul cannot be stopped by walls or mountains. Thus, the shortest way to Mecca is right through the earth, and not around the North Pole. During our Salat we bow and prostrate and we face a semi-circle, a wide range of angles.