Indonesian Muslims told they’ve been praying in the wrong direction

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Indonesian Muslims have been praying in the wrong direction, the country’s highest Islamic authority has said.

The Indonesian Ulema Council told the country’s Muslim populace in March to turn west when they offered their daily prayers. Muslims are supposed to face the Kaaba, the religion’s most sacred site in the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

At the time, the council said that the direction of Kaaba from Indonesia laid to the west. Turns out, it didn’t. Africa did.

So, on Friday, the council issued a new edict: face northwest.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013