Why is everyone sitting in the same direction? – Islamic Society of Baltimore

Worshipers enter the space and all sit down facing the front of the masjid, which will be in the direction of Makkah. This direction is called the qiblah. Wherever a Muslim is praying, he or she is required to face the qiblah before beginning. The qiblah is easily recognizable in a mosque thanks to a structure called the mihrab, or prayer niche at the front of the space. This is where the imam will lead the prayer from. It is usually next to some steps or a platform called a minbar that is utilized during the Friday sermon. The imam can be elevated, and the entire congregation will be able to see him.