Direction to Bahjí

Qiblih, Point of Adoration

In the Bahá'í Faith the Qiblih is the location that Bahá'ís should face when saying their daily obligatory prayers, and is fixed at the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Bahjí, near Akká, in present day Israel.

You may drag and drop the marker to reposition it to your current location or you can click on the search icon on the far left to search for your current address.


How should the direction of the Qiblih be determined?
The direction of the Qiblih from a given location on earth may be set along the shorter arc of a great circle that passes through Bahjí and the point concerned. A great circle in this context is one whose plane bisects the earth (e.g., the equator and longitudinal meridians). Bahjí is located at approximately 35 degrees east longitude and 33 degrees north latitude.

What is the Magnetic Bearing?
The magnetic bearing is relative to magnetic north that a compass needle would point to. North corresponds to 0°, and the angles increase clockwise, so east is 90° degrees, south is 180°, and west is 270°. This value is calculated by adding the magnetic declination, based on the World Magnetic Model 2020-2025, to the true north bearing.

Why is the line not straight when I zoom out to the world view?
The shortest path lies on an arc of a great circle. When a path along a great circle is drawn on a flat map, it usually looks curved. Using a world globe and a piece of string you can test this out yourself.

Is there an app version?
You can now get the Qiblih compass as part of's Badí' Calendar & Qiblih App.

Questions / Suggestions?