- Often referred to as the Sacred House (Baytul Haram)
- A simple small cubic (before it was rectangular) stone structure inside (center) the compound of the large star-shaped Sacred Mosque (Masjidul Haram) in Makkah, KSA
- The most ancient structure on earth dedicated to the worship of Allah, originally built by Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismael (alayhimas salam).
- During the 3000 years since it was first built, it was demolished several times by natural disasters (flood and fire) or by the hands of men, but each time it was rebuilt at the same site and for the same purpose
- It is the visible symbol of Allah’s Unity, representing in concrete form His centrality in the life of the Muslim, the focal point for Muslims of all times and places to turn toward in their worship as a symbol of their unity as one community submitting to the One God.
Proof from the Qur’an
- Remember we made the House a place of gathering for men, and of security. And you take the Station of Ibrahim as a place for prayer. And We covenanted with Ibrahim and Ismael that they should sanctify My House for those who circumambulate it or use it as a retreat, or bow or prostrate themselves (there in worship). [Al-Baqarah 2:125]
- And remember Ibrahim and Ismael raised the foundations of the (Sacred) House, (saying): “Our Lord, accept it from us, for Thou are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. Our Lord, make us those who submit to thee and of our descendants a people who submit to Thee. And show us our rites, and forgive us. Indeed, Thou are the Forgiving, the Mercy-Giving.” [Al-Baqarah 2:127- 128]
- Islam prescribes that Muslims face the direction of the Ka’bah whenever they perform Salah, because of its unique significance as the first house of worship
- This direction of the Ka’bah from any place on earth is known as the Qiblah.
- Continuous Salah: All Muslims in every part of the globe turn their faces toward the same central point 5 times a day as they offer Salah.
- Since at all times some people in some parts of the world are engaged in Salah, the cycle of worship towards the Sacred House is continuous, without interruption.
HAJARUL ASWAD (THE BLACK STONE)
- Known to be a part of the original structure (the only remainder).
- Thought to be a meteorite.
- Set into one corner of the Ka’bah.
- Following the Prophet’s example, the pilgrim kisses, touches or points to it while he makes his Tawaf, as a gesture of love and respect for the significance of the Sacred House of God.
- It is the curtain (covering) of the Ka’bah.
- Draped with a woven black covering embellished with Qur’anic verses embroidered in gold.
- This covering is replaced annually (9th Dhul Hijjah), after Salah Al-Fajr.
WASHING OF KA’BAH
- Please click the link about its washing.
To be continued… Ma’u Zamzam