Why is the dead person directed towards the Qibla?

Question 30: Why is the dead person directed towards the Qibla while he is lying on his right side, while the dying person is directed towards the Qibla while he is lying on his back and the sole of his foot is directed towards the Qibla?

 

Answer: The dying person is a living human, meaning that his spirit is still attached to his body, and the position of the soul’s connection to the body is the chest. So the dying person is directed towards the Qibla while he is lying on his back in order for his spirit to be directed towards the Higher, and for the face of the spirit and the face of the body to be receiving the Qibla. By this, he is receiving Allah swt and the angels.

As for the body of the dead, it is a body from which the spirit has separated, so he is directed towards the Qibla with his physical face. And the best way to direct his face towards the the Qibla is for him to be lying on his right side and receiving the Qibla.

 

Ahmed Alhasan
The Allegories – volume 2

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