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688 I often see people sitting in the Masjid with their feet in front of them pointing towards the Kaaba; as a youngster my dad said this was forbidden as it was disrespectful to Islam. Is this the case?
In Islam certain directions and sides are considered special and sacred.

For example, we know that the right hand and side is considered special. This is why (i) the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) encouraged his followers to eat with the right hand

(ii) the Prophet (S.A.W) forbade us from touching the private parts with the right hand

(iii) the Prophet (S.A.W) told us to enter the mosque with the right foot and leave with the left, so the right stays in the mosque the longest.

On this same basis, the direction of Qibla is also considered sacred and special in Islam and therefore we should do all we can to respect this direction. Directing feet to someone or something sacred is considered disrespectful in Islam and it should be avoided.

(Answered by: Alims at Islamic Centre, Leicester, UK.)
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