Mistakenly prayed in other than the direction of the Qiblah

Reference: Fataawa ash-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat – Page 78

Question: If a man mistakenly prayed in other than the direction of the qiblah, and his mistake later became apparent to him before the time for prayer had passed, should he repeat his prayer?

Response: No, he should not repeat his prayer. And the evidence for that is, [the hadeeth about] a group of companions [who] prayed during fog and mist – each one in his [chosen] direction. So, in the morning, they mentioned this to the Messenger ﷺ, and he did not command them to repeat their prayer.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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