Interesting Facts About the Most Sacred Place for Muslims on Earth - Kaaba
This post is about interesting facts about Kaaba, the most sacred, and may be the most visited place on earth.
Mecca is probably the most visited city in the world where the Kaaba is situated. At present only during the hajj Mecca is visited by 2 million people. Therefore, virtually all life in Mecca associated with servicing the pilgrims visiting the city. According to many researches, the Kaaba (called House of ALLAH) is the most peaceful place on earth. it holds an enormous amount of people throughout the year which makes this place on the top of the most visited places on earth.
For followers of Islam, the Kaaba is the most sacred place on Earth. Kaaba is the center of the circumambulations performed during the pilgrimage (hajj), and it is toward the Kaaba that Muslims face in their prayers (salat). Kaaba is located in the city of Mecca (Makkah) in the Arabian Desert in the Arabian peninsula of what is known as Saudi Arabia.
It is also called the Sacred Mosque of Mecca, Al Masjid Al-Haram. Its name is an Arabic word that means a home or a room that looks like a cube.. It is a cube shaped stone structure built in the middle of the Sacred Mosque.
The other names of the Kaaba, are Bait ul Ateeq - which means, according to one meaning, the earliest and ancient. According to the second meaning, it means independent and liberating. Both meanings could be taken. Bait ul Haram - the honorable house. Scholars and historians say that the Kaaba has been reconstructed between five to 12 times.
When was the Kaaba built?
The very first construction of the Ka`bah was done by ProphetAdam (raa). Allah says in the Quran that this was the first house that was built for humanity to worship All.
Tradition goes that the Kaaba was ordained by Allah to be built in the shape of the House in Heaven called Baitul Ma'amoor. Allah in his infinite Mercy ordained a similar place on earth and Prophet Adam (p.b.u.h.) was the first to build this place. This holy building has been built and rebuilt by Prophet Adam A.S, Prophet Ibrahim A.S, Prophet Ismail A.S, and Prophet Muhammad SAAW. No other building of the world has had this honor.
Kaaba in other holy books:
The Bible, in the chapter of Genesis describes its building when God ordained Abraham (p.b.u.h.) to erect a Shrine for worship when Abraham (p.b.u.h.) was ordered to go to the southern desert with his wife Hager (p.b.u.h.) and infant son Ishmael (p.b.u.h.).
The Old Testament describes this building as the Shrine of God at several places, but the one built at Ma'amoor is very much similar to the one at Makkah. There is no doubt that it was referring to the stone built house at Makkah.
Historically when Abraham (p.b.u.h.) was ordered by Allah to build the Shrine for worship, he uncovered the original foundations of the Kaaba built by Adam (p.b.u.h.). Abraham (p.b.u.h.) with the help of his son Ishmael (p.b.u.h.) erected the new shrine on the same foundations.
When Prophet Abraham (p.b.u.h.) built the Holy Shrine in Makka, his prayers were that this place should remain a center of worship for all good and pious people; that Allah should keep his family the custodians of the Holy place.
The Black Stone (called Hajr e Aswad in Arabic) is a Muslim relic, which according to Islamic tradition dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. Historical research claims that the Black Stone marked the Kaaba as a place of worship during pre-Islamic pagan times. The Stone is a dark rock, polished smooth by the hands of millions of pilgrims, that has been broken into a number of fragments cemented into a silver frame in the side of the Kaaba.
According to the Hadith, "it descended from Paradise whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black". According to belief, an angel spoke to the great prophet Abraham, and told him to institute the rite of the stone in the Pilgrimage at Mecca.
The whole building of Kaaba is built of the layers of gray blue stone from the hills surrounding Makka. The four corners roughly face the four points of the compass.
The Kaaba is covered by a black silk and gold curtain known as the kiswah, which is replaced annually. About two-thirds of the way up runs a band of gold-embroidered calligraphy with Qur'anic text, including the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada.
In modern times, entry to the Kaaba's interior is generally not permitted except for certain rare occasions and for a limited number of guests.
Muslims throughout the world face the Kaaba during prayers, which occur five times a day. For most places around the world, coordinates for Mecca suffice. Worshippers in the Sacred Mosque pray in concentric circles around the Kaaba.
It should be noted that Muslims do not worship the Ka'aba and its environs. Rather, it serves as a focal and unifying point among the Muslim people. During the annual pilgrimage ("Hajj"), Muslims walk around around the Ka'aba in a counter-clockwise direction (a ritual known as "tawaf").
An amazing fact about Kaaba:
Most exceptional thing for all human being to think about it is that the only building in the world, from where no bird passes over Khana Kaaba and no aero-plane in the world history is who did fly over this building.
One of the important aspects is that sun and moon can not stand on this Holy building. It’s all from Allah Almighty, for human being to think this natural respect of Khana Kaaba.
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