By facing the qiblah, a Muslim turns themselves in the direction of the very first place of worship ever built on earth – the Ka’bah. The qiblah is a blessed direction to face, and through it Allah has caused the Muslims all over the world to unite.
It is authentically narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, would face the qiblah when making du’a. Abdullah ibn Zayd narrated:
“The Prophet, peace be upon him, left (Madinah) to this prayer place, seeking rain. So he made a du’a, and asked for rain, then he faced the qiblah and turned his cloak inside-out.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari)
Imam al-Bukhari, may Allah be pleased with him, put this hadith in a Chapter entitled, ‘Making du’a facing the Qiblah‘, showing that it forms the etiquette of du’a.
It has also been narrated that when they Quraysh tormented the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, he:
“…faced the Ka’bah and made a du’a against them.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari)
We are therefore encouraged to turn towards the qiblah when we make du’a to Allah, all praises and glory be to Him.