Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Google Maps Pointing the Way to the Qibla


The Qibla Locator is a simple and easy to use Google Map that points the way to the Qibla.

The map automatically detects the user's location and a red polyline points the way towards the Kaa’ba in Mecca. If the map has the user's location slightly wrong the map can be moved and the red polyline will automatically move to point from the centre of the map.

The Qibla Locator includes an interesting explanation in its FAQ page as to why Americans might find the map pointing towards the north-east or north rather than towards the east.

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