There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy to as many people as Mecca. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is the most celebrated place on Earth.

Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba at the centre of the Haram sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it five times a day.

The Kaaba is the epicenter of Mecca.

The cube shaped building is at the heart of the most well-known real estate in the history of mankind; it is shrouded in black and its fair share of mystery.

Here are just a few things that most people may not know about the Kaaba:

10. It has been reconstructed several times

The Kaaba that we see today is not exactly the same Kaaba that was constructed by Prophets Ibrahim ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and Ismail ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) From time to time, it has needed rebuilding after natural and man-made disasters.

Of course, we all know of the major reconstruction that took place during the life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) before he became a Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). This is the occasion when the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) averted major bloodshed by his quick thinking on how to place the Black Stone using a cloth that every tribe could lift up.

Since then, there has been an average of one major reconstruction every few centuries. The last renovation took place in 1996 and was extremely thorough, leading to the replacement of many of the stones and re-strengthening the foundations and a new roof. This is likely to be the last reconstruction for many centuries (insha'Allah) as modern techniques mean that the building is more secure and stable than ever before.

9. It used to have two doors … and a window

The original Kaaba used to have a door for entrance and another for exit. For a considerable period of time it also had a window situated to one side. The current Kaaba only has one door and no window.

8. It used to be multi-coloured

We are so used to the Kaaba being covered in the trademark black Kiswah with gold banding that we can't imagine it being any other colour. However, this tradition seems to have started at the time of the Abbasids (whose household colour was black) and before this the Kaaba was covered in multiple colours including green, red and even white.

7. The keys are in the hands of one family

At the time of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), each aspect to do with the rites of Hajj was in the hands of different sub-groups of the Quraish. Every one of these would eventually lose control of their guardianship of a particular rite except one. On the conquest of Mecca, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was given the keys to the Kaaba and instead of keeping it in his own possession; he returned them back to the Osman ibn Talha ® of the Bani Shaiba family. They had been the traditional key keepers of the Kaaba for centuries; and the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) confirmed them in that role till the end of time by these words

“Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant.”

Whether Caliph, Sultan or King – the most powerful men in the world have all had to bow to the words of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and ask permission from this small Makkan family before they can enter the Kaaba.

6. It used to be open to everyone

Until recently, the Kaaba was opened twice a week for anyone to enter and pray. However, due to the rapid expansion in the number of pilgrims and other factors, the Kaaba is now opened only twice a year for dignitaries and exclusive guests only.

Watch the video attached here to witness the doors of the Kaaba being opened (at 50 seconds) – and the simultaneous gasps of a Million people as they cry out at this auspicious moment.

5. You used to be able to swim around it

One of the problems with having the Kaaba situated at the bottom of a valley is that when it rains – valleys tend to flood. This was not an uncommon occurrence in Mecca and the cause of a lot of trouble before the days of flood control systems and sewage. For days on end the Kaaba would be half submerged in water. Did that stop Muslims from performing the Tawaf? Of course not. As the picture below amply shows – Muslims just started swimming around the Kaaba.

Modern adjustments to the surrounding landscape and flood prevention techniques mean we may never see such sights again. Or will we? Check out this recent video.

4. The inside contains plaques commemorating the rulers who renovated it

For years many have wondered what it looks like inside the Kaaba. Relying on second or third hand accounts from those who were lucky enough to enter just wasn't satisfying enough. Then one lucky person who went inside took his camera phone in with him and Millions have seen the shaky footage online.

The interior of the Kaaba is now lined with marble and a green cloth covering the upper walls. Fixed into the walls are plaques each commemorating the refurbishment or rebuilding of the House of Allah by the ruler of the day. Watch the video below of the only place on Earth that you can pray in any direction you want, the House of Allah, the first place of worship for mankind – the Kaaba.


3. There are two kaabas!

Directly above the Kaaba in heaven is an exact replica. This Kaaba was mentioned in the Qur'an and by the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said narrating about the journey of 'Isra wal Miraaj

 

“Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma'mur (i.e. Allah's House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma'mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).”

2. The Black Stone is broken

Ever wondered how the Black Stone came to be in the silver casing that surrounds it?

Some say it was broken by a stone fired by the Umayyad army laying siege to Mecca whilst it was under the control of Abdullah ibn Zubair ®.

However, most agree that it was most damaged in the middle ages by an extreme heretical Ismaili group from Bahrain called the Qarmatians who had declared that the Hajj was an act of superstition. They decided to make their point by killing tens of thousands of hujjaj and dumping their bodies in the well of Zamzam.

As if this act of treachery was not enough, these devils took the Black Stone to the East of Arabia and then Kufa in Iraq where they held it ransom until they were forced to return it by the Abassid Caliph. When they returned it, it was in pieces and the only way to keep them together was by encasing them in a silver casing. Some historians narrate that there are still some missing pieces of the stone floating around.

1. It's not supposed to be a cube shape

Yes, ladies and gentleman… the most famous cube in the world actually started out shaped as a rectangle.

I'll give you a moment to pick your jaws off the floor.

Right, where were we?

Oh yeah, the Kaaba was never meant to be a cube. The original dimensions of The House included the semi-circular area known as the Hijr Ismail.

When the Kaaba was rebuilt just a few years before the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) received his first revelation, the Quraish agreed to only use income from pure sources to complete the rebuild. That meant no money from gambling, looting, prostitution, interest etc. In the ultimate sign of how deeply mired in wrongdoing the Jahili Quraish were, there was not enough untainted money in this very wealthy trading city to rebuild the Kaaba to its original size and shape!

They settled for a smaller version of the Kaaba and put a mud brick wall (called “Hijr Ismail” although it has no connection to the Prophet Ismail (A) himself) to indicate the original dimensions. Towards the end of his life, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) intended to rebuild the Kaaba on its original foundations but passed away before he could fulfill his wish. Apart from a brief interlude of a few years during the reign of Caliph Abdullah ibn Zubair ®, the Kaaba has remained the same shape that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saw it in.

 

The history of the Kaaba is not just an interesting story from our past. The Kaaba is a real and present symbol that connects all Muslims together wherever they may be. It also connects us to our glorious and not-so-glorious past so that we may derive lessons and feel that we are a part of an eternal mission. In a day and age where Muslims are increasingly disconnected from our history,as well as each other, the Kabaa reminds us of our shared heritage and bonds. It is a symbol of unity in an Ummah sorely in need of it.

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  1. Carlos

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      • clayjoiner

        Hey man. Stop. Asking these questions in such a blunt manner will never change that which these people love. Perhaps if you were more respectful you might actually get your point across to these people. Making a mockery of them is rude and disrespectful. Oh, and I am an atheist. Islam is about love, and you’re (Carlos) not loving these people.

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      • BTK

        @Omair

        Yeah, that’s the thing about ignorance. Religious people won’t listen to reason, instead they’re just choose to ignore logic.

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    • WAJiD

      Hi Carlos,

      We actually have answers to all of your questions, but none of that matters if you don’t believe in the very premise of Islam in the first place.

      Otherwise it just becomes a pointless exercise in you trying to ask us questions to catch us out, us trying to answer them to a skeptical mind and the cycle repeats.

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      • Imelda Herron

        What happened to the Jews, Christians, Muslims and Sabeaens all being people of The Book. I’m certain it states this in the Q’uran. So why this drive towards converting the world to Islam? Sometimes I think if we all went back to Zoroastrianism (which Islam, Judaism and Christianity borrowed much from) then it would be less open to interpretation and the literalists of these religions would not fight wars. Or, even the form of Gnostic Islam, Gnostic Judaism and Gnostic Christianity, these, who whilst having minor disagreements on interpretations, are never risen to fight a war over it. That’s when you’ve found a truth hidden in the quagmire of misinterpretation’s by men guided by the evil of self and greed.

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      • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

        Akhi
        I think Carlos adds some good comments on several articles when he doesn’t have his atheist hat on.
        We do withhold his comments, as we sometimes withhold the comments of others, whether muslim or non-muslim, if they do not comply with our comments policy.
        In this particular case, the author of this article chose to approve his comments and as you may see tried to engage Carlos towards proper debate. However, in the end our job is to remind and it is up to Allah to guide whom He pleases.
        We pray that Carlos one day accepts Islam, as it is the duty of all Muslims to invite those who do not believe towards Islam. And if by the will of Allah he doesn’t then our readers will bear witness that we did our part.

        -Aly
        Comments Team Lead

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      • Mahmud

        Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

        Kindly link me to your comments policy. I feel I am being censored too much. Be just, that is closer to taqwa and you will meet Allah with how you do this job on your record.

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      • Judah raquinio

        I would like to say I was raised a Christian and that I think those comments are not allowed in the House of Allah. We are all children of His will. And we do not all feel the same to your vindication an faith. Heal your spirit with mine.
        Brothers searching for love eternal.
        Judah

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      • Vikram

        My question to you is ”Why it is right of every Muslim to convince non follower to convert? ”
        Is this not a sign of intolerance? Human history on this planet is around 50000-90000 BC. Since stone ages, men have been searching GOD and take solace in whatever GOD or form comforts him.
        For me it is perfectly alright to listen to a muslim’s experience of GOD through Quran and Islamic ways. This gives always positive feeling rather than thinking that he is naive or what he believes is wrong. However i should have liberty to choose my path and wants a muslim to appreciate my experience.
        While convincing someone through discourse and dialogue is always welcome and wish world had all religion discourse and forums like we have UN and other political platforms.
        However enforcing one’s believe by any other mean, i dont think any religion should teach.
        Mankind is above all religions and has progressed so far not because GOD has helped, but they have themselves through ages.
        What do you say?

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      • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

        “Mankind is above all religions and has progressed so far not because GOD has helped, but they have themselves through ages.”

        That statement actually negates the very existence of God as the all-Powerful being believed by most religions.

        “My question to you is ”Why it is right of every Muslim to convince non follower to convert? ””
        It is the duty of every Muslim to exhort the good and forbid the evil, both in speech and action. It is not the “right” of a Muslim. Our job is to convey what is the truth. Guidance is from Allah(SWT) and not in our hands.

        “However i should have liberty to choose my path and wants a muslim to appreciate my experience.”
        The Quran says (http://quran.com/2/256) “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut (Falsehood) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

        So Quran actually gives you the right to choose your own path.

        Best Regards
        -Aly
        *Comment above is posted in a personal capacity and may not reflect the official views of MuslimMatters or its staff*

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      • asgar

        dear vikram.
        Itz duty of a muslim to preach islam, not to force it. You are free to accept or reject, a muslim’s job is to preach. God has given u free will. I guess u might be referring to “islam having been spread with sword” n lemme inform you that the historians today claim itz the biggest myth of all times. The great historian De Lacy O’Leary writes in “Islam At the Cross-roads”: “History makes it clear however, that the legend of
        fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.” what does logic suggest? U know muslims have ruled ur india for centuries, if the absurd claim wr true, u wud’ve been a muslim today, so wud’ve been ur fellow indians. Same wud have been true for spain which muslims have ruled for centuries. Do you know there r millions of coptic christians living in arab countries even today, where do u see the “intolerance”? Dear vikram, you r a living example, ur and ur fellow indians’ presence testifies that islam was never spread with sword. I come from kashmir and yeah my ancestors have also converted to islam, but by their own will alhamdulilah.
        Ps: the hindu temples having been looted by muslim kings is also a myth. Read what Richard Eaton has to say http://www.tehelka.com/its-a-myth-that-muslim-rulers-destroyed-thousands-of-temples/

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      • judas priest

        i believe that everyone is a part of nature . religion ,culture.divides people
        we must respect everything.god help those ,who help themselves.this line basically incinerate the presence of god.

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      • WAJiD

        Walaikum asalaam,

        The decision to approve his (and all other) comments were my own so MM holds no responsibility for that.

        I basically accept the point that brother Aly makes – there is a difference between allowing people to debate a point (even if not done with finesse) and to be downright insulting/ denigrating. I felt that his comments were factually wrong but not offensive.

        Of course this is a very difficult line to tread and it has only grown my respect for the brothers and sisters who do the difficult job of moderating sites such as this. May Allah put wisdom in their decisions and ours.

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      • JoeKidd

        It takes a lot of courage and maturity not to moderate a comment that seems to be ridiculing one’s religion. But the very fact that you have not moderated the comment, gives me hope that I will come across varied points of view rather than a single point of view. Thank you!

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      • Thuryn

        I think we all as Muslims need to walk away from the very idea of “insulting Islam.” Islam is not a person. It cannot be insulted. When people say, “Oh, Carlos has insulted Islam,” this is not true. YOU have been insulted, not Islam.

        Islam does not care what people say. It will be the same after all the shouting as it was before. No insult will ever change it. The insults can only influence US… if we let them.

        Allah (swt) and the Prophets (pbut) do not care about insults, either. People of limited understanding have been trying to insult them for centuries. Has it changed Allah (swt)? No. Has it changed the Message? No. The Prophets (pbut) – all of them, not just our beloved Muhammad (pbuh) – dealt with this during their own lifetimes. We must take their example. We must either engage civilly in the questions that have substance, or simply walk away. It takes two to fight. We do not have any obligation to participate.

        The moderators here seem to have taken a most admirable path in their responses. They do not permit themselves to be baited. Instead, they say kindly, “We are sorry that you do not understand. We know you only say these things because you do not understand, and we hope that someday, you do.” Insha Allah more of us will be granted the serenity to keep our calm when people are being rude.

        Because in the end, they are just being rude to us. No more, no less. They will be held accountable on the Last Day… and we will be held accountable for how we respond. Let us protect ourselves by NOT engaging people who only seek to get a rise out of us.

        And Allah knows best.

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      • Musafira

        I agree! If your faith & belief can’t stand criticism, it may not be worth defending. This very attitude of defensiveness has come to become our downfall. Quick to judge, we jump on any Muslim or non-Muslim fellow men/women who ask questions or inquire. Even if someone is simply out to poke fun or get rise out of believers, do we really have to respond or can we just walk away with smile or learn to ignore. THIS VERY REACTION is what sustains the ant-Muslim attacks!

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      • PeaceFinder

        “If your faith and belief can’t stand criticism, it may not be worth defending”. I love this sentence! Even as a Muslim, we encounter lots of questions in our mind to seek the divine truth. And the search has to go on and on until we find our peace of mind. Sadly, the way most Muslim negatively react on very valid questions from non-muslim might be as well the trigger for other muslims to start doubting their own belief! And this is a fact.

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      • Abu Taariq

        as salaamu alaykum

        I would like to ask with regards to insults. what is it when one slanders the companions or even the Prophet (alayhi salaatu was sallam)? it is what we do when this happens, but to say that people do not insult Islaam is mindboggling, as Islaam is a way of life so insulting it is insulting a way of life and we should know how to deal with it in a knowledge based way and not the same ignorant way other people do. may Allaah grant us success.

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      • Nonsense

        Kafir, nice to read the IslamoNazi terms for their fellow human beings.

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    • Hilarious

      I think Carlos has asked valid and timely questions from a different perspective. Now my doubt arises on the following because the author hasn’t given us the references.
      1. There are two Ka’bas – where is the reference?
      2. Exact replica – where is the reference?
      3. The exact replica is the baihul ma’mur – where is the reference? The quoted baithul ma’mur hadhees is correct but where does it say it is an exact replica of the Ka’ba.

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      • WAJiD

        Walaikum asalaam,

        As I mentioned in a reply to a similar question – indeed I should have been careful to say “exact” replica when in fact the hadith is not explicit on this.

        This is an inference made by certain mufasirs that I have studied with.

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    • Hilarious

      From a different point of view, I believe carlos is a Troll. He is not interested in Islam or anything else but to stir the silt and enjoy the scene. His questions are tangential and irrelevant. For e.g. The spacestation question is nonsensical because Islam is meant for people on earth. If you want to pray you can pray in the space station and god has provided the exception. Their is only a 1:1000000000 chance of someone being in the SS and how many solid scientific explanations has exceptions at this level. The second question will be, if you are dedicated to god why are you on the SS in the first place doing nothing much useful rather than spinning like an old sock in a washing machine (pardon the pun).
      Nonetheless, the fundamental question is, not where your head be or which direction should you pray; because all of them are irrelevant. You will mock, and you will mock until you are guided or until your death (at least like god says until your life remains just above your neck).
      If you are interested seek truth because atheism will never give an answer to the creation of energy or what happened before bing bang or many other questions that arises in your mind or importantly the existent of god. I am a human being I switch between being an atheist and believing in god. When I think like carlos it feels as if he feels. On the other hand when you think about the alternative explanation, the model doesn’t fit too. You can chose.
      If you didn’t understand all above, please search for your answers somewhere else, not in a religious forum.

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      • Gnothi-Seauton

        Don’t hate on astronaughts. It’s not nice.

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    • Halwah

      I enjoyed the article. When I was performing umrah I saw a lot of people revering the door and certain parts of the ka’bah. They would conduct their prayers in specific spots and when I asked why, they would say just do it and derive benefit from it. I of course didn’t feel comfortable. I just did what I know I was sincerely doing is worship. Some people made doa in front of the door or facing the door of ka’bah when I read that that is a new implementation and did not exist in the time of Abraham or the actual design. Some people made doa while holding on to the kiswah. I am not sure what is the fiqh of all these. And hope to be enlightened one day in sha allah so when I am invited by Allah to Masjidil Haram again, I can reap the most benefit out of worship.

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    • Tanveer Ahmad

      Assalamu Alikum
      Brother Carlos I was just in search of some different article but somehow I decided to read this. After I finished reading this article I was about to close the tab but decided to read comments. I was happy to read that you know what we Muslims are supposed to do like facing Ka`ba while praying and the most interesting is that you have also read the whole article. I will try to answer your comment however I may be wrong or wright, If there is any wrong information that is from me as individual and no one should claim it as Islamic belief.
      Regarding your questions:
      1)One should look for the nearest side of the Kaa`ba as his/her direction
      2)For the person who is in International Space Station with moving direction, there is an Aayat in Quran, That “Easts and Wests are of GOD (Allah)” so one should pray Nimaz, the ultimate decision of Accepting or Rejecting the Nimaz(prayers) is with GOD.
      3)For this I guess it is the version which was Shown to Mohammad(SAW) and that hardly matters for us of what type That is made, because we don’t pray to Kaa`ba like other idol worshiper rather it is just to unite the humans.
      4)GOD is the supreme creator and the best, HE know better how to maintain all things, it is upto HIM how to position the Kaa`ba in the heaven.Our thinking has shortcomings not HIS maintainence.
      5)For how many light years That is far away from earth hardly matter, that will not resolve the problem of visiting it, because if one wishes to visit it, there is no need ot sattilite of spacejet for any other scientific invention, one think about the signs of GOD, how HE as withheld the sky without any pillers, how HE creates the human being, and evolves him from one stage to another, from childhood in which he was dependent on others to a youth when he is asking rude questions about the existance of GOD and denys HIS existence in the lack of knowledge and then GOD makes him return to the old age when he again becomes old.
      In a nutshell if one wishes to see that Kaa`ba in Heaven, he/she has to accept the truth about GOD(ISLAM).

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    • Tanveer Ahmad

      Brother Carlos
      Your thoughts are right at your point and that happens when one is lacking knowledge, for example if I have not seen an object say xyz I will ask so many questions about its existence, I will be full of doubts about it, and that is the initial stage, but the more I inquire about an unseen things the more I will be mastered on using it, same is the case of Islam, the initial followers of Islam did not believe in GOD but when they heard the truth, the they became the greatest followers of Islam. These thoughts are common things that that happen initially, but the point is after realizing the truth, if U accept it U will be a good follower and GOD forbid if U reject the truth, U are done.
      Even though I am from a muslim family, such questions also arose in my mind, and started thinking about it, then I heard the verse form Quran and the hadith of Muhammad (SAW) whose meaning is somewhat like this : “O you who believe do not be like people of Moses who used to ask so many questions, although there intention was not follow the order that was given to them ”

      And there are so many other things which can’t be expressed in writing, you better to get close to some Islamic organization like Isalmic Research Foundation, Tanzeemi Islamia, Jamaa`ti Islamia etc.

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    • Shahid Khan

      Auzubillah minashaitan nirajeem bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

      Carlos, I will try to answer your questions but Allah Knows the best, I am glad you asked and we should have answers of these questions because our upcoming generation will have these type of curiosity and sometime my own kids ask about it.

      01. I am in Canada/Toronto and pray toward North-East as it is the shortest distance from point of pray toward Kaaba. There are quite a lot of smart phone Kaaba finder applications available. My job requires lots and really lots of travel so these IPhone apps or magnetic compass helps me a lot. Alhamdulillah

      02. I am not an astronaut but as a believer and believe in Islam, I hope this will help you.
      I will do following but here I see two scenarios in your 2nd question. If:
      The space station is circling around the earth with a fixed direction then you calibrate and set your compass toward the Kaaba and pray toward that direction everything when you pray.
      The space station is circling around the earth with a non-constant direction then you pray in any direction that is convenient for you. You will pray exactly as you pray in an airplane or ship.

      03. The short answer is, the original version. Just like cosmetic/make-up does not changes the actual person, they remains what they are . (Wallah-e-Alam/Allah knows the best)

      04. Earth is a microscopic dot compare to the size of universe, may be smaller (Allah knows the best)as it is a tiny microscopic dot, its rotation is negligible compare to the size of earth so the position of Kaaba won’t matter under the throne. However it will matter if you were comparing the earth with a same size of planet or if the heaven was same size of earth.

      05. We do know SOME stuff about the space but we don’t know much about space compare to the size of space. If anyone think he knows then please tell me the last number of mathematics. Ie 1,2,3,4,5 and so on…

      06. Yes heaven is not a dreamland, it’s a physical location and place. We should have found it? I doubt if you find your lost watch in the ocean. Voyager 1 has been in space since 36 years and 10 months as of 5 July 2014 and have traveled 1.906×1010 km and still crossing our solar system which is negligible compare to the size of our universe….It could be infinite (Allah knows the best) if you think it cannot be infinite then please again tell me the last number….of mathematics
      You can find most of the answers of your questions in Quran if you read it in detail over and over again, it will upon you mind in a new dimension….Here are some example from Quran and advance physics/science
      A. Discovery of Higgs particles announced at CERN on 4 July 2012, it says “It would explain why some fundamental particles have mass when the symmetries controlling their interactions should require them to be massless”. Also “If the Higgs field did not exist, particles would not have the mass required to attract one another, and would float around freely at light speed”
      Quran/Al-Anbiya 21:33: And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.

      What’s important here and related to higgs bosom is….You need a “MASS” ie higgs particles to float, just like water in swimming pool.

      B. Quran/Ar. Rahman: 55:33-35: O society of jinns and men, cross the bounds of the heavens and the earth if you have the ability, then pass beyond them; but you cannot unless you acquire the law.(33) How many favours of your Lord will you then deny?(34) Let loose at you will be smokeless flames of fire so that you will not be able to defend yourselves.

      What’s related here is, the solar flair and smoke less heat from Sun if you travel to space without proper arrangement (Allah Knows the best)

      C. We believe the existence of physics law everywhere in our universe and based on these laws scientist and Astronauts are working then don’t you think there is a law maker too? But if you think we are the product of apes then think about it:
      If some monkeys randomly start hitting keys of typewriter then it is possible to generate the DNA only, leave the rest of the life supporting system alone for now. But do you know how much time is required to write the detail of a DNA only? Billions multiply by Trillions of years…It can be calculated by “Permutation” and here we says we came from Aps. Think why a human body have all the similar minerals as earth and why do we recycle and even why a human body have same water ratio as earth (50%-75%). Don’t you think we are living earth?

      Hope these answers will help you. Feel free to contact me for any further question.

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    • Zaheer

      If I am travelling on a journey – I can use the raising of the sun in the east and its setting in the west to help me get direction to the Kaaba – and perform my prayer – My prayer will get accepted cause Muslims do not pray to a stone. the Kaaba is a means of a central direction point – One can also be in the Kaaba and perform prayer. Above the heavenly Kaaba that is mentioned – I am sure you can visit it – When you get to Heaven. The Bible and the Quraan all make mention of Heaven and Hell – yet no one has found either of these places till now with all the modern technology. Hope that answers your question

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    • salim memon

      Dear carlos,
      I am a muslim from india and it saddens me to see the reaction of all my muslim brothers towards your questions, al though this article has been read by me 2 years later. You as an individual have all the right to ask questions on islam and we should have the capability of answering all your questions without getting agigated. Though i do not consider myself an expert in my own religion but i can tell you there was a time when i too had a lot of similar questions like you do and have found answers to all of them. My muslim brothers what use is an invitation to understand islam if we are unable to explain it to anyone, before we speak of banninf or warning pls understand that someone has come to yoy looking for answers to questions which he feels is logical it our inability that we are unable to see the point rather then passing comments. I would very humbly request all my muslim brothers and sisters to pls reply to such questions with kindness. Its our behaviour that would leave an impression in a persons mind and change his thoughts of our religio. My intention is not to hurt anyones sentiment or take anyones side. If my comments have offended anyone then my sincere apologies.salim.

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    • natalie

      excuse me FYI heaven cannot be reached by a rocket or something after u die on the day of judgement it is Allah (SWT) that decides whether u go to heaven or hell.
      If u disbelieve u go to hell and if u believe and be a good muslim u go to heaven.
      Did u know that kaaba is in the center of the world not even a bird or a plane can cross it.
      Allah (SWT) made the world and routes like that.

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    • Beanie

      Hey Carlos,

      I know that was only jokes by let me answer your questions in a serious and logic way :
      “In which direction does one pray if one is on the opposite side of the globe from the Kaaba?” – Actually, the one on the opposite side is somewhere on the pacific ocean. If you grab a boat, you’ll be pushed by the motion of the stream and won’t be at the opposite anymore. So, it’s not possible to pray steadily at the opposite of the Kaaba.

      “How about if one is on the International Space Station, which is revolving around Earth once every 92 minutes?” – How do people on wheelchair get knelt during the prayer? They don’t. Toward which direction you pray if you have no way on earth to find the direction of the Kaaba? You do as you can. The Islamic prayer is inviting people to Pray the way they can.

      “If there is an exact replica of the Kaaba in heaven, which version of the Kaaba does it resemble, the current black-covered cube, or one of the earlier shapes and colors?” – Unfortunately for you, the Holy has no color, no shape. The replica is on a level you get only understand through the prayer. It is above the basic 5 senses.

      “If the heavenly version of the Kaaba is directly above the Kaaba in Mecca, does that mean the Kaaba in heaven is revolving around the Earth as the Earth rotates?” – What about thinking the other way, meaning the Earth following a rotation scheme according to what’s in Heaven ?

      “How many light years away is the heavenly Kaaba?” – You’ll be answered at the end of the time.

      “If the Kaaba in heaven and the rest of heaven is in an actual physical location, we should be able to detect it, and, if it is close enough, eventually possibly even visit it.” – Well, it is not.

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  2. Tariq Nisar Ahmed

    Jazakumullahu khayran — I did not know all of those. I imagine if the cloth color or design were changed anytime soon, that at least half the Muslim world would be certain that the end of the world were coming. Alhamdolillah, that Islam makes much more sense than that.

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    • Gibran

      Assalamaualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

      Wajid bro, I remember one of the signs of the Last Day from hadith was that the keys to the Kaaba will be given by someone to the king or by the king to someone-I can’t remember. Have you read anything like that?

      JazzakAllah for this jaw dropping post. Dude, I think right before you’re “pick your jaw up sentence” my jaw actually dropped. LOL.

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      • Wajid

        Walaikum asalaam

        Sorry brother Gibran – I am not sure why I missed your reply. I don’t remember reading anything like that although I do remember it being an interpretation of the specificity of the hadith of the Prophet(SAW) implying that a king will forcibly take the key and this will be a further proof of his tyranny. WAllahu Alam.

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  3. Dreamlife

    JazakAllah for the interesting post. One other intriguing aspect is the hadith about how the Kabah will be destroyed by an Abysinnian man…this being one of the signs of the end of the world.

    The part about Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allāh’s House) is also amazing. When you’re actually at the Kabah, just thinking that you’re DIRECTLY under this place just adds so much more awe to the experience.

    May Allah take us all there again and again.

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  4. Carlos

    Thank you, Wajid, but do Muslims not have such questions? What answers do Muslims get to such questions? I have one more question. The photos show everyone pointing the tops of their heads toward the Kaaba. If you are not within a few hundred kilometers of Mecca, and you want to still point the top of your head at the Kaaba, would you not have to point the top of your head toward the ground? People in the Western Hemisphere should be doing headstands when praying, should they not? Did the custom of praying toward Mecca arise when people assumed the Earth was flat?

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    • Amanda

      Carlos, I’ll answer some of your questions, not because I want to start a debate or anything silly as such, but because I used to have questions like yours before I became Muslim. And so, I believe that although these questions are not the type of questions that will do you any good, they are questions that can sometimes run across a curious mind, or a person who is trying to “protect” himself from religion by using his “brain”. I would like to point out to you, though, that although your questions may sometimes seem like genuine, smart question to you, many times you will be “digging” yourself into trouble rather than elevating yourself from ignorance. I am sorry if I have said anything, so far, that is offensive. If I have, forgive me. I am only trying to answer your questions while stating why I think you are not asking the right types of questions—that is, if you are sincere in knowing about Islam.

      The question about the direction of prayer. If you are on the opposite side of the Earth, you would not pray standing on your head. That is silly, but it is understood why you would tell yourself that that is what is more appropriate since Earth is oval shaped. But consider this: If you want to travel to the other side of the world, your only “option” is not traveling through the Earth’s crust, it is? Obviously, there is a direction to take, alongside the Earth’s surface, that will eventually take you where you want to go. Another question that you asked about was praying in space. Although you will most likely never go there, it is appropriate to ask since it is feasilble. When a Muslim is traveling for example in a plane, or even in space, and s/he has to pray, it is understandable that s/he may not be able to stop the travel and pray in the correct direction. Thus, praying in the correct direction is no longer an obligation.

      Islam is easy. Islam is practical. Islam is for those who reflect.

      Hope this satisfies your questions.

      Peace~

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      • Halwah

        Salaam sister excellent! Actually I did not find his questions offensive, as these are matters of fiqh. Those with deep and strong understanding of qur’an and sunnah as well as the madzhabs of fiqh will be able to elucidate some of his concerns and add supports from hadith and qur’an, these are why we continuously are in need of brainy and spiritually astute Islamic scholars in our times so they can shine their nur in the world and help to guide us who are not so knowledgeable in these areas in an increasingly diverse and changing world. We should not shun, we should look into Islam and find out what it says in case there is a valid and practical concern.

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    • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

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      • Carlos

        Dear Aly,

        It has been a while since I have reviewed the MM comments policy, but I do not think I am doing anything that violates it. Judging from my comments that MM has censored, it is my comments that challenge Islam as a doctrine that are deemed to violate the policy. Is challenging the legitimacy of Islam a violation of MM’s policy? I am atheist. My ideology challenges the legitimacy of Islam and all other religions. How can I write freely about my thoughts on MM if I cannot challenge Islam? Is Islam above criticism? Is it above criticism from non-Muslims, but not from Muslims?

        Carlos

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      • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

        Dear Carlos

        Our comments policy may be found at http://muslimmatters.org/about/etiquettes-of-discussion-on-a-blog-comments-policy/ and we encourage you and all our readers to read and comply. There have been many of your comments that have been let through (and I can say this because I myself have pressed the approve button) but those that we feel do not add value to the discussion or are in conflict with our policy we do censor or edit.

        While there have been calls for banning you I for one think a lot of your comments do add value. You are generally very polite and that has never been an issue. It is only when you start mocking our religion that things get problematic.

        We look forward to positive contribution from your side and seeing your comments. However, consider yourself on warning.

        Best Regards
        -Aly

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      • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

        One point has always puzzled me. During the few months that we were using the Disqus comment system you had totally disappeared. As soon as we got back to WP comments you came back. Is there a reason? Is Disqus atheist-phobic? :)

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      • Carlos

        The new format just did not appeal to me. Also, my wife was complaining that I was spending too much time preaching to Muslims, and I agreed with her. Also, I was getting a little tired of the sometimes arbitrary way my comments were being withheld. Now that I am on probation, it will get worse, because my freedom of speech has been “chilled.”. Sometimes I think Muslims are too quick to consider criticism as “mocking.”. I like you guys. I have learned much from you. I hope you don’t ban me. You can learn a lot about atheists and Americans from me. I am not necessarily a typical atheist or American, but I am definitely unique in my willingness to spend extraordinary amounts of time communicating with deeply faithful Muslims, people who are so different from me in their beliefs.

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      • hashim

        Dear Carlos,
        u can remain atheist if u choose but I feel u should read at least once an authentic translation of Holy Quran and ponder. It will answer many questions in ur mind. But u have to be respectful while studying it.

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    • Muhammad al-Hakeem

      I wanted to comment on Carlos’ questions.

      His questions are highly influenced by atheistic, material thinking that can never dispose of some of its arrogance to try to discuss with spiritual beliefs. In Islam, thanks to Allāh, we do not care whether we see our Creator or the Unseen World because even seeing such things would never possess any evidence for why we should believe in them. We have already believed through logic and many other proofs that Islam is the absolute truth and that the Noble Qur’ān is the verbatim word of the Creator of the heavens and earth (for me, as a native Arabic-speaker, the Qur’ān solely in itself is the proof that it is from a non-human source, i.e. the Creator), and then, after we have known this infallible truth, we have no excuse to reject anything it tells us. Very simply, “detecting” through science such unseen things would not render us stronger believers, and we do not care whether we do detect them because we may die in a femtosecond and then it would be of no use when it’s too late to believe. Had Muslims depended on what you are saying, they would have never practiced their religion for 1400 years and they will definitely not do so for the next millennia because science is everchanging.

      We Muslims, thanks to Allāh, do not question why Allāh has forbidden for us pork, alcohol, fornication, rape, incest, homosexuality, backbiting, murder, etc., nor do we ask what would benefit us of praying, fasting, giving charity, performing pilgrimage, being kind to the neighbors and hospitable to the guests, and being just and honest. Of course, that does not mean we do not have answers for such questions or should not seek to know the wisdom of the Creator behind them, but it means that we submit to His Will since we have already found through logical proofs the absolute truth in His revelation to His Last Prophet (PBUH); after all, that’s the very essence of being a Muslim.

      Again, had we depended on science and its discoveries to justify Allāh’s commands, we would have kept on eating pork, drinking alcohol and doing each and everything forbidden, and we would have abandoned each and every act of worship commanded by Allāh, for we would have yet to know the “harms” of the former and the “benefits” of the latter – the same exclusively material way of thinking depending on “personal interests.”

      There are things we do not treat with common sense in Islam. For example, if a person does ablution, wears socks, then nullifies his ablution by any means and now wants to do ablution again, he only has to move his fingers along the upper side of his socks. But common sense tells us we should wash the bottom of our socks as it is the side exposed to dirt when walking; should we obey common sense here and disobey the direct order of our Creator? Surely no, because we have already believed in Him and known that whatever He ordains is the best for us, for He is the best to know about His creation.

      Therefore, we do not have to firsthand see the angels, the demons, al-Bayt al-Ma’moor, the Seven Heavens, or even the Almighty Creator to strengthen our beliefs, for even then it would never be enough evidence for close-minded people who adhere to physical things alone. The unending atheist argument is that they must see, smell, and hear God to know He exists. Fact is, even if they do so it will never suffice them; even if they see the Creator create His creation and see the creation process with all their own open eyes, they will make another excuse as to why there is no God. They will say they have been tricked or have seen magic because once they have refused logic in the first place, nothing else will suffice.

      May Allāh guide us all. Ameen.

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    • Abu Taariq

      Carlos,

      there is a narration that says: “don’t ask a question if you are not ready for the answer” I would like to ask are you interested in Islaam or are you seeking to cause doubt in the minds of Muslims. what do you believe in and how have you come to this belief? like the brother said what is the use answering questions when your intention is not one of truly seeking the truth.

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    • Aliflammim

      I thought if you pray, the Islamic instruction is to “turn yourself in the direction of the sacred Mosque”? This does not imply that one has to be looking directly AT the Kaaba, only in its DIRECTION.. so you would follow the natural curvature of the Earth, the way you would WALK to it if journeying in a straight line.
      Also, as I understand it, it’s OK to “pray by estimation” where the need arises, like if you were on the Space Station… after all, what are the prayer times on the Space Station? Again it’s by estimation.
      And Allah knows best.

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  5. WAJiD

    Dear Carlos,

    You’ve illustrated my earlier point brilliantly. Circular & pointless discussion for us to be having unless you are a muslim (as otherwise you dont believe in any part of the article anyway & you’re just trying to make a point – & a garbled one at that.)

    So unless you a) have a genuine question or b) are planning to announce your reversion here… Let’s move on in our separate paths.

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  6. jj

    asalaamalaikum warahmat ALLAH wabarakatu, why are their plaques of dignitaries inside the Kaaba?????? and why is it open only for dignitaries and “special guests”?? all hujjaj and those who go for umrah are guests of Allah. it is the House of Allah, not the house of those who maintain it. inshaAllah no bad intentions are attributed to the reason, but really it reminds of something of quraish history of them placing you-know-whats inside it. especially when only also, dont understand that if rasullilah salAllahu alayhee wasallam’s intention was to make the Kaaba building bigger..then why 1400 years later no one opted to just go ahead and do it? jazakAllah kheir for your explanations here, interesting. there is no better place to be than under the Arsh of Allah in Makkah.

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    • Abdus Sabur

      good questions. I also have a problem with the exclusivity of being able to enter the kaba. the plaques are completely unnecessary and it’s such a western thing to do. Allah knows who has helped keep it maintained should not be enough?

      As far as the reconstruction to the original footprint I think it’s good that it is as when Rasulullah (peace be upon him) last saw it. Since the reconstruction did not occur during the Caliphate of Hazrat Abu Bakr, Umar , Uthman or Ali (radhiAllahu anhu) it’s probably best that it has not happened. Allahu Alim.

      and to Carlos’ question:
      Allah says in His book, the Holy Quran-
      “And to Allah belong the east and the west, so wherever you turn yourselves or your faces there is the Face of Allah (and He is High above, over His Throne). Surely! Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knowing.” 2:115

      very interesting facts that I did not know. JazakAllahu Khair for sharing with us bro. Muhammad. Wa salam

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  7. Saif

    Salam alaikum,

    The kiswah under the Ottomans used to be red in color until the late 19th century.

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  8. Asmeeni

    Mashaallah really cool article. Didnt know alot of these facts about the Kaabah. Its really amazing how it used to be different colours, just gets you thinking that at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) the Kaaba was not the same black and gold that we see today. Subhanallah

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  9. Anwar Khan

    Dear Wajid,
    Thanks for being useful.\the infrmation is very interesting and inspiring. Allah bless you.
    Anwar Khan

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  10. Mehdi Sheikh

    The video of the inside of the Kaabah is outdated. There are no more pillars inside and theres a more recent video on youtube you can find showing that.

    I don’t know where you got the reference that there is an exact replica in the Heavens. Yes we know directly above it is Baitul Ma’moor, but where does it say that its a replica?

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    • WAJiD

      Walaikum Asalaam,

      As far as I’m aware that video is taken 3-5 years ago which is still after the last reconstruction. According to those I know that have been in recently, the pillars remain as they have been for centuries.

      The hadith does not specify re: the baitul mamoor being an exact replica, however this has been mentioned by commentators. Perhaps the word “counterpart” may be more accurate.

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      • Hilarious

        Where did the commentators get that impression from? It is bid’ah to create new information or explain things that are unknown. The moment Carlos knocked you off, I realized that this was not something correct. Please quote your sources correctly and keep your opinions to yourself.

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  11. Abdus Sabur

    As far as the cube size of the Kaba I’m of the opinion its perfect in it’s simplicity, just like Islam – simple and elegant

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  12. konga

    It’s in interesting to see how al-kaaba is a building just like any other building in the world. It gets consumed by floods, wears out and needs reconstruction, gets broken, changes design… etc

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  13. zujaja

    good stuff….I don’t think it’ll feel the same if it was red, wer’e so used to seeing it black :)

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  14. Uthmaan

    JazakAllah khair. I’ve always had this question:
    Is it permissable to pray in any direction within the Hateem? As technically, it’s the ‘inside’ of the Ka’bah?

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  15. ahsan arshad

    I scored 3 out of 10 marks and then the brother wrote muslims are increasingly disconnected from our history.
    Swimming tawaf would be fun.
    I enjoyed your post

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  16. Alchemist

    Jazakum Allahu khairan, thank you for sharing this information. We do have to know information like this about the house of Allah where we face towards at least five times a day

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    • WAJiD

      Those are old oil lamps hanging between the pillars. I am not sure if they now contain lightbulbs or still have candles.

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    • Gibran

      Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

      No Dawud, that is fiction unless you can actually prove it. There are numerous hadith that prohibit taking graves as masjids and I’m sure many people who enslave themselves to graves below Allah would love to believe that people are buried under the Ka’ba and would love to think they are actual Muslims while they make dua to other than Allah.

      But they can’t at all be Muslims. So please post the fabricated hadith/website/dream which says that anyone is buried under the Ka’ba.

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  17. Adeel Ahmad Siddiqi (Toronto,Canada)

    Excellent information! Happy to know all the facts and other information and history.
    With our very best wishes and DuaiN

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  18. ndndr

    Mecca never existed before the 4th century,so definitely kaaba was made after that and not by Abraham like you mentioned in the post. Pagans use to house their idols over there and they had the ritual of hajj. The main reason of hajj was to make people go over there and increase their trade and muhammed copied and added it in his religion.

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    • M.A.al-Hakeem

      The bible mentions people performing pilgrimage as they pass through the valley of BAKKAH, one of the names of Makkah. History knows of no other valley of Bakkah which is associated with pilgrimage other than the one in Arabia.

      Paran in the Bible is Mecca today. See the Archeological discoveries that prove Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia.

      http://www.answering-christianity.com/paran.htm

      Historical Proof of Abraham Built the Kaaba:
      YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Ib4rhGTW0

      Ka’bah As A Place Of Worship In The History http://www.islamic-awareness.org/History/kaaba.html

      An excerpt from the last link:
      Ka’bah & Makkah In History

      Edward Gibbon writes about the Ka’bah and its existence before the Christian era in his book:

      ….. of blind mythology of barbarians – of the local deities, of the stars, the air, and the earth, of their sex or titles, their attributes or subordination. Each tribe, each family, each independent warrier, created and changed the rites and the object of this fantastic worship; but the nation, in every age, has bowed to the religion as well as to the language of Mecca. The genuine antiquity of Caaba ascends beyond the Christian era: in describing the coast of the Red sea the Greek historian Diodorus has remarked, between the Thamudites and the Sabeans, a famous temple, whose superior sanctity was revered by all the Arabians; the linen of silken veil, which is annually renewed by the Turkish emperor, was first offered by the Homerites, who reigned seven hundred years before the time of Mohammad.[1]

      Diodorus Siculus was a Greek historian of 1st century BC who wrote Bibliotheca Historica, a book describing various parts of the discovered world. The following lines are the English translation of Greek quoted by Gibbon from the book of Diodorus Siculus (Diodorus of Sicily) describing the ‘temple’ considered to be the the holiest in the whole of Arabia.

      And a temple has been set-up there, which is very holy and exceedingly revered by all Arabians.[2]

      It is interesting to know that Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, mathematician and astronomer, flourishing about a century after Pliny, undertook to make an atlas of the habitable world. He was not a descriptive geographer, and his book was intended to be no more than a commentary on his maps. He enumerated some hundred and fourteen cities or villages in Arabia Felix.

      For example, Dumaetha, placed by Ptolemy just outside the northern boundary of Arabia Felix, must be the mediaeval Arabian Daumet, which is today the chief village of the great oasis of Jauf. Hejr, famous in the “times of ignorance” as the seat of a kingdom, and now Medayin Salih, is Ptolemy’s Egra. His Thaim is Teima, now known for its inscriptions to have had temples and some sort of civilization as far back as 500 BC. It is the Tema of Job. In Lathrippa, placed inland from Iambia (Yambo), we recognize the Iathrippa of Stephan of Byzantium, the Yathrib of the early Arab traditions, now honoured as El Medina, the City of Cities.[3]

      Apart from this a place called Macoraba is also shown which is identified as Mecca (please refer to the map facing page 17 of reference [3]). G E von Grunebaum says:

      Mecca is mentioned by Ptolemy, and the name he gives it allows us to identify it as a South Arabian foundation created around a sanctuary.[4]

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      • Hilarious

        Why do you want to incorporate Edward Gibbon into Islam? What if in 2 years time someone else publishes a different book with different points of view? Which one will you choose?. If I were you I will stick to the info that is promised by god to be protected (Quran and Hadhees). Science changes from time to time with better explanations and discoveries, but religion doesn’t.

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    • M.A.al-Hakeem

      Pagan Arabs did use to place too many idols around and inside it, and that’s very obviously why God sent to them – and the whole of mankind – Prophet Muhammad (p) to rectify their distorted faith.

      They also did perform pilgrimage as a response to Abraham’s call to the House of Allāh, and it isn’t Prophet Muhammad’s fault that they altered the pure monotheistic religion of Abraham and used it for their trade.

      To say that Prophet Muhammad (p) copied from pagans is like to say every prophet copied from the previous one. God sends prophets whenever and wherever He wants. And similarity does NOT mean plagiarism. In fact, Islam corrected many bad habits of Hajj such as being naked and idolatry.

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  19. WAJiD

    The discussion on banning wasn’t regarding people asking questions or free speech. It was more to do with someone making rhetorical points in the form of questions.

    It distracts from the purpose of the article and turns this into a debating forum which it isn’t.

    You absolutely have the right to state whatever you want. But that doesn’t mean that you can abuse that right whenever and wherever. Example – you have the right to criticise a movie as much as you want but if you do it in the cinema whilst others are busy watching… not appropriate.

    Oh and – for future reference – no one likes being referred to as “You” people.

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  20. Arshiya

    Amazing… had tears going through this…May Allah bless you ameen.

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  21. Shahin

    Im a little disappointed at our responses to Carlos’ questions. He was not disrespectful nor was he blatantly mocking. I feel that Muslims should not get defensive when posed with questions which might not have clear cut answers. I as a Muslim found his questions intriguing, as the ruling regarding praying on the international space station has crossed my mind as well.
    Guess Im just disappointed that we got all defensive and didnt even bother answering his questions.

    Although this post is already old, Im just itching to reply, so here goes anyways…

    //In which direction does one pray if one is on the opposite side of the globe from the Kaaba?//
    I think that would be smack in the middle of the ocean, I could be wrong. But if it is, I think depends which direction youre travelling in. face the direction in which youre getting closer to Makkah. If youre smack in middle, take your pick which direction you want to face, its the intention the counts anyway, Allah will surely understand.
    Islam is a full and comprehensive way of life, not dogmatic as many think or would have you believe.

    //How about if one is on the International Space Station, which is revolving around Earth once every 92 minutes?//
    I think you should face the earth. That should be good enough. Although odds of you having a Muslim living up there is highly’ unlikely. Not to say we wouldnt make it if we wanted to, but that living in space n stuff just aint our thing.

    //If there is an exact replica of the Kaaba in heaven, which version of the Kaaba does it resemble, the current black-covered cube, or one of the earlier shapes and colors?//
    The brother corrected himself here, the words ‘exact’ or ‘replica’ should not have been used.

    //If the heavenly version of the Kaaba is directly above the Kaaba in Mecca, does that mean the Kaaba in heaven is revolving around the Earth as the Earth rotates? How many light years away is the heavenly Kaaba? If the Kaaba in heaven and the rest of heaven is in an actual physical location, we should be able to detect it, and, if it is close enough, eventually possibly even visit it.”//
    Carlos is thinking too in the box here. In a nutshell, I think the entire observable universe in its apparent infiniteness is actually part of the first heaven. So to start talking about distance in light years and planetary rotation makes no sense. If you ask me, the 7th heaven is a totally different dimension. just like jinn(demons) exist in a dimension parallel to ours, the other heavens exist in alternate dimensions, beyond what we know as space and time, or as Einstein called it, space-time. ie our entire observable universe. Its not a matter of physical distance…
    Same goes for Angels, Heaven n Hell etc… all exist in an alternate dimension, which we will only become a part of after death or maybe after resurrection. There might be different dimensions associated to both respectively.

    (all my answers are in my humble opinion, Im no Mufti or authority on religion, so please forgive any errors or inaccuracies therein)

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    • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      I agree the questions should be asked. However, Carlos has a past history on this site for which he was under moderation. Based on this history, his intent with the questions was not to understand but rather ridicule. Thus, it may seem we were harsh at him. And Allah knows best what is in the hearts. May He guide Carlos to the light of Islam.

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  22. Shahin

    Ameen, brother Aly. Curious, is Carlos still part of the site? If he is, and not a typical’ athiest as he claims to be, I’d like to have a logical discussion with him if he is up to it. Well, he made an offer that if anyone wanted to know the mentality of American athiests, we should ask him. Id like to take him up on that offer.

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  23. Parminder

    Dear Wajid, One of my colleague send me this link to check, I found the article to be interesting. Though the main part was informative however the comment section was even more informative. Overall, I like the post very much and definitely increased my knowledge about Islam.
    I know it is not the correct thread to ask this question, however I will be happy if someone answers, does Islam allow animal sacrifice or it is superstition which is going on. And if it allows, Do we have right to take anyone’s life.
    I have asked the same question to Christians & Hindus and never got a satisfactory answer.

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    • WAJiD

      Dear Parminder,

      Thank you for your kind words. It is very much appreciated.

      Islam does allow sacrifice of animals, however there are strict guidelines with regards to how and why. For more information, I would recommend you speak to knowledgeable Muslims in your local area who can discuss on this and other issues with you.

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      • Rahat

        @wajid, I don’t think allah needs blood of an animal to feel satisfied, btw Qurbani came from abraham and if I not mistaken abraham was not an muzalmaan?? I aks my self is there something original that the muzalmaan have, coz if you read the old testament and the quran everything is one by one, and if I not mistaken the old testament was first…… quran???? think aboud it!!!!!

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        @Rahat

        May I make a few suggestions please.

        1. I would be grateful if this comments section could not be turned into a debating platform since it doesn’t fit the purpose of the article

        2. Please refrain from using abusive language and simply trashing us. You don’t like Islam or Muslims. I get it. But civility is key if we are going to have a discussion. Otherwise it is just you shouting at us and it is not something I can let continue.

        Thank you.

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      • Rahat

        @ Dear WAJid, it is not true that I do not like Islam, I hate people how they bring create hate among differant religions. I gave you a small example, Hindu’s and Muslim’s are living more than 140 years togeter in Surinam ( South-America ). When and Hadji come from Pakistan or India and he saw how peacefull the Hindus/Moslims live to gether, they predict only hate toward the Hindu’s that we are shaitaan and bad things, that is very bad, so you destroy the innner peace of this two com’s where they lived together, so I hate such people. My mum is muslim my dad is Hindu, both of them respect each other’s religion’s. My mum Walid always said free your heart and mind from violence and from those causes that bring about enmity and prevent love. I alwas said Humanity is my Religion. I like to read and to know about all religion’s and please for God sake do not say that I do not like Islam my friend.

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    • Aashiq Hussain

      @Parminder,
      Yes Islam allows animal sacrifice and it is backed up by Quran and Sunnah.
      Second, mankind and jinkind were created to worship Allah and that is only reason we are here. Allah put us in this world and everything you see around is provision for mankind, and everything around works inorder to support human life. You can say everything here has been made subject to humans by Allah. Animals are our food like plants.
      Third, I don’t think you can survive without killing any life e.g Plants. Since my first grade I am reading that they have lives. And in some places on this earth fish are easily available than plants.

      Fourth, once you believe Allah is our Lord and Muhammad(peace be upon him) is His messenger, you have to follow their commandments. You can’t pick and choose.

      Finally, Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Does NOT create junk. Then why would our body have digestive systems that can digest both veg. and non-veg? And also our teeth sets.

      Allah knows best.

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  24. Shahin

    Wajid hope u don’t mind me chipping in a bit. I think I know the answer Parminder wants. so here it is straight up. yes we have the God given right to take life, both animals and humans. the former is an important food source, that’s why you have canine teeth. the latter is essential for justice to prevail, which is pretty much what Islam is all about. as Wajid said, only in very specific circumstances and under very specific conditions. hope that answers your question.

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  25. abubakar abdool

    I hope you’ll don’t mind but I am a 16 year old boy…..I’ve being learning about islaam from the time I was in grade R and I must say.what ever I learnt so far is that islaam is not for anyone judge other people,allah(swt)has told us in the holy Qur’aan that we should not hate or hurt or do anything that will make a person feel uncertain about islaam…..like carlos,he thinks that islaam is tooo quick to judge people.well, islaam teaches us that we should no judge any person no matter what his/her status is or how rich or poor he/she is(in this world),in allah(swt)’s eyes we are all the same(hereafter)…….jarzakullah and may allah(swt) grant carlos and all those who have been led out of the folds of islaam imaan and junnah-tul-firdous,ameen

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  26. peanutzlol

    i never knew these things and i couldnt believe it when i read it

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  27. Joe

    It seems inappropriate that “the Kaaba is now opened only twice a year for dignitaries and exclusive guests only.” Do others not feel it is wrong to let powerful and connected people have more access to such a significant site than everyone else?

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    • Noor

      Yes, the muslims i know feel it is very wrong that only the rich dignitaries and exclusive guests can only see the inside of the kabba.Are we not all equal in gods eyes.Rich or poor male or female.

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  28. Parminder Singh

    Dear Shahin/Wajid,
    For last month or so i am trying my best to get details about those “specific circumstances and specific conditions” from my Muslim friends and all of them are asking me to ask Dr Zakir. Now I know, first of all it is difficult to get hold of him and that also without any knowledged about those “Specific”, I will not be able to ask perfect questions to him. I will appreciate if you could send me some links which might help me on those “specific conditions”.

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  29. Shahin

    Dear Parminder, the last reply of mine to you was sent from my cellphone, hence I was very brief and to the point. But now that I am on my laptop, I’ll give you a more comprehensive answer. Well, actually logged on just to reply to you, so hope you’ll appreciate ;) Bear in mind, I am no authority on religion, and can be prone to error. Muslim brothers in here, Wajid, Ali etc, please feel free to correct me where you feel I have erred.

    Let me start by clarifying a point, that Islam does not’ condone the taking of innocent lives. Not in the least’. Except in very specific conditions and circumstances, but this is a whole different discussion altogether. For the sake of clarity, let me stick to what you asked.

    The Quran says something to this effect, that if someone kills a single innocent person, it is as if he has killed all of humanity. And he who saves a life, it is as if he has saved all of humanity. Such is the price of human life in Islam, beyond’ precious. So bearing that in mind, know that for a Muslim to ever take the life of another, it would have to be justified… sanctified…. for as I said previously, Islam is a religion of justice.

    Basically, according to the Quran, there are only 2 times the death penalty can be applied. One, if someone commits murder, the relatives of the mudered have the right to take the life of the muderer. That is If they decline to accept the blood money as compensation. Baically, if someone murders your brother, you have the right to kill him.

    Of course you cannot just go about this like some vigilante. There is a process to follow. First, a trial before a jury, just like any court hearing. Innocent’ until proven guilty, is the law which applies. Only when the accused has been proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt, and sufficient witnesses have been produced, can the penalty be meted out.

    Also bear in mind,if someone is injured unjustly and wishes to take revenge, the law of an eye for an eye is applied, and bounds in retaliation may not be exceeded. Basically, justice will prevail, but he who transgresses in indeed in the wrong.

    Secondly, death penalty may be meted out to someone who if he was allowed to live, would cause much harm to society. So a great deceiver, who’m if was let to live would lead a great many people to immorality and sin, would deserve to die. Basically, someone who could cause much damage to the society, in any way which is detrimental, be it through terrorism, promotion of homosexuality, child molestation, rape etc

    Also if someone were to harm the religion of Islam in any way, so an apostate who can cause much harm to the religion. Please understand that I am not talking about your average Joe, Im talking about someone who can seriously cause damage to the religion and Muslim body, may be trialled and killed if found guilty.
    Also of someone mocks or besmirches the character of our beloved prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), we as Muslims have the right to take his life, of course, no vigilante justice again, a trial and conviction is always required. But if proven guilty, his being put to death will be justified in Islam.

    So although the Quran might mention 2 cases where capital punishment is justifed, there are other cases as well, such as the above mentioned, the justification for the punishment of which is provided for us by the Sunnah (way of the Prophet)
    Ok, the reason I have typed all this instead of just pasting a link, is that from what I’ve browsed through in the links I have visited, none have seemed to provide the answers i am looking for.

    Many would have you believe that the punishment for apostacy in Islam is death, whereas the Quran states otherwise, something to the effect that, it is not for us, but rather it is up to God to deal with the apostates.

    Another is that stoning to death is a valid form of Islamic punishment for adultery. Which is actually a punishment from the old testament or Jewish Torah. This punishment was meted out just once in our prophets life time, and in a very specific circumstance which prompted punishment according to jewish law. According to the Quran, there is a stipulated number of lashes for both fornication and adultery respectively.

    So regardless of what people may have you think, Islam is far from barbaric. The apostate should not simply be put to death, nor should the adulterer simply be stoned. As this contradicts Quranic ruling.

    Rather, capital punishment for apostates and stoning for adulterers, was meted out only in very specific circumstances in the past, but majority do not understand and apply these punishments as a general rule, although it contradicts the Quran. May Allah grant us all the correct understanding.

    Anyway have said enough. i have provided 2 links below which may or may not state things more clearly than I have. I just felt the need to clarify the above mentioned points so that you do not read into the links i provided too subjectively. We live in a time of great deception, so never take anyones word as authority, not even my own, never forget this. Instead, keep searching for truth, if you truly seek, InshaAllah (God willing) it will eventually find you. Hope I did justice to your enquiry.

    http://islam.about.com/cs/law/a/c_punishment.htm
    http://islamnewsroom.com/news-we-need/1422-death-to-a-killer

    Please forgive any inaccuracies in my post, and please feel free to correct me where you feel it is necessary. Shukrn (thank you)

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    • Rahat

      Also if someone were to harm the religion of Islam in any way, so an apostate who can cause much harm to the religion. Please understand that I am not talking about your average Joe, Im talking about someone who can seriously cause damage to the religion and Muslim body, may be trialled and killed if found guilty.
      Also of someone mocks or besmirches the character of our beloved prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), we as Muslims have the right to take his life, of course, no vigilante justice again, a trial and conviction is always required. But if proven guilty, his being put to death will be justified in Islam.

      And I tought islam is very, very, very peacefool men o men.

      If someone are tallking rubbish of my reliigion, I don’t mind coz I know what and how my religion is. I don’t gonna fight coz if you do that, than people gonna think that it is true.

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  30. Wajid

    Dear Jennifer and Shahin,

    I hope you both do not mind but the comments section of this article was not meant to be used as a surrogate debating platform. It can have the unintended consequence of preventing others replying with more relevant comments.

    I would appreciate it if you both could exchange email addresses and continue the debate between yourselves if you prefer. I intend to delete your posts in a few days (simply to bring the comments back to being relevant to the article.)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    • Shahin

      Maaf Wajid, I tend to get a little carried away at times, I totally agree with you. But I have no intention on continuing this debate with Jennifer much longer than one more post,, and a response to her reply if she wishes to.JazakAllah for your understanding and allowing a few days to conclude. By the way, didnt mention it earlier, but loved your post bro, Alhamdulillah, it was very informative, much I knew, and still much I didnt, so mashaAllah, Muslims need people like you and websites like these who educate the masses and I for one learned quite a bit.
      There are also some things pertinent to the topic Id also like to share a little later on InshaAllah. Well… soon as I give Jenn a lil insight… InshaAllah, she gets hidaayat, who knows, but right now, its not my intention to do so, since it ultimately is not in my hands, so hope you dont mind too much. JazakAllah again

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      • Wan

        I don’t understand about islamic criminal law,sometimes it looks very cruel to behead or chop off hands of criminals(second chance is not given to those who has remorsed and repented).Like pelting stones to death to those who committed adultery,is really cannot be accepted by a rational mind.Is this practice of punishment predated muslim civilisation?Is it relevant in today’s modern educated world?Also when there is a hell after death,why punish criminals here down on earth?If human beings take the law in their hands than what’s god’s role?

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      • Wajid

        Dear Wan,

        Thank you for your question, however, it is probably better if you have this discussion with an Islamic scholar in your local area.

        – The comments thread is not the best place to have a back and forth on technical issues

        – In my opinion, a lot of the time, we have the discussions the wrong way around. We tend to focus on side issues and the periphery rather than central core themes. So Islamic criminal law will always be contentious if the person viewing it doesn’t believe in Islam and Islamic values in the first place. Its like having a debate about NASA experiments conducted on the moon if one party doesn’t believe that man landed there in the first place.

        So I really hope and pray that you can get in touch with someone who you can have a “real” discussion with about Islam, the concepts of faith and justice etc…

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  31. Shahin

    Salaams Wajid, as I said earlier, loved the article bro, and it taught me a lot. Just one thing I’d like to clarify. InshaAllah, all readers will benefit. Its just a different perspective on things, hope you dont mind. Please do understand my intention is merely to educate inshaAllah. I ask you to please forgive my shortcomings in advance, bear in mind, I always remind people that I am no authority on religion, but that doesnt mean I dont know what Im talking about. InshaAllah, youl find my point of view to be correct.

    //It’s not supposed to be a cube shape//

    Spot on bro, just i think the way the point is worded is appropriate. Maaf in advance, i’ll try to be brief InshAllah.

    Basically, the more appropriate wording should be.

    “It was originally a rectangle” for if it was ‘supposed’ to be anything but the way it is today… it would have been just that. For every action of our prophet(saw) was by divine guidance and decree. If the prophet truely intended to change the kaaba back to its original rectangular form, I am sure the habeeb of Allah would have done so. I dont think that the prophets death would have occurred unless he had already completed every aspect of his mission.

    In essence dear reader, what I am saying is that it is actually meant’ to me the cube it is today, and it couldnt have happened any other way.. so goes taqdeer (fate,predestination). but that doesnt belittle the kaaba in the least. I truly learned about why is a cube and so much more stuff from this article, so hats off to Wajid. Seriously, mashaAllah, this article taught me much I didnt know. I had no idea that it was once read and that the reason its a cube was cos of lack of funds etc etc the list goes on. So hope you dont think me disrespectful in any way bro. Me like you, loves to educate where I can InshaAllah.

    Basically, the reason that the prophet(SAW) did not rebuild/extend the kaaba to its original form was because he feared that it would then become something that people of the ummah would do after his death. And it is for that reason that the prophet(SAW) did not renovate/extend the kaaba back according to its original rectangualr shape. Understand that every action of prophet(SAW) is sunnah. And if he’ had extended the kaaba again, Who knows what the ummah to come would do after that. You are spot on most of bro, as I said, just a different perspective on things.

    If prophet(SAW) truly did want to rebuild the kaaba, he had every resource at his disposal to do so. He was king of arabia, and had a following who loved him and would have died for him without hesitation. If he Muhammad(SAW) truly intended to rebuild the kaaba on its original foundation, he surely would have done so when he enetered Makkah as a king and leader of thousands. The only reason he didnt do so, was he feared his followers after him would copy him, and had he done so, it could very well have become a sunnah generations after him would do, and who knows what the kaaba might have looked like today? being rebuilt generation after geneneration. This way, as you said, it is in the form that the prophet(SAW) saw it in, and it will stay as such until its destruction before Qiyaamah will happen. Which I think will be destroyed by an African btw, well… a dark skinned person. But Allah knows best.

    Anyways, sorry for the long post. Hope Wajid doesnt mind. Please understand bro I mean no offense in the least, my intention is purely to educate it at all possible to whoever possible. InshaAllah we are all in need of guidance, and I myself am always searching for truth and facts. And there is so much to our deen that I dont know if I will ever encompass it all. InshaAllah, it is what I aspire to. And as I said before Wajid, JazakAllah for the post, for I truly learned much from it, and I love posts like this that teach people hard facts, and I understand your intentions could only have been well InshaAllah. So hope you dont mind the post bro, and hope you dont get the wrong tone of it. Make me maaf for any inaccuracies or any offense if I have caused any. It truly was never my intention to do so, so if I have, I do apologise.

    Again I am no authority on relgion, but am and always will be… an ardent scholar, in the teachings of Islam, InshaAllah. May Allah grant us all the understanding.

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    • WAJiD

      Walaikum asalaam

      That is an interesting perspective and I think you definitely have a point about latter generations “rebuilding” and enlarging the Kaaba claiming that it is a sunnah rather than a one-off event that the Prophet (SAW) completed.

      JazakAllah khairun for sharing.

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    • wan

      To someone called Shahin,
      where you got all this informations about Qaba,please do a thorough studies and research before you talk on Islamic matters.”WHICH WILL BE DESTROYED BY AN AFRICAN btw,dark skinned person”,can you tell me from where you derived this information and which materials(scriptures) you are referring to?DARK SKINNED PERSON,ok it’s accepted… but at where scriptures pinpoint it will be AFRICAN?do not say something if you are not VERY SURE,this is a thread to educate people about true ISLAM not an individual person’s opinion or what he thinks it might/might not.

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      • Shahin

        [This posted has been edited for brevity by author]

        Firstly let me start off by apologising for not being specific. Understand Wan, I am just a scholar, with a lot floating around up in here, if you know what I mean. Its hard to remember each and every single thing soo specifically.

        //it will stay as such until its destruction before Qiyaamah will happen. Which I think will be destroyed by an African btw, well… a dark skinned person. But Allah knows best.//

        I apologise for using the words I think, rather I should have said it this way…

        Anyway, here are some proofs, my source is the Hadith of prophet Muhammad(SAW)

        ” AbduAllah ibn Amr said I heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم say: ” Zul-Suwayqatayn from Al-Habasha ( Abyssinia or Ethiopia) will destroy the Ka’ba and steal its treasure and Kiswah (cover). It is as if I could see him now: he is bald-headed and has a distortion in his wrists. He will strike the Ka’ba with his spade and pick-axe.” (Musnad Ahmad)

        Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “It is as if I can see him now: he is Black and his legs are widely spaced (bow-legged). He will destroy the Ka’bah stone by stone.” (Musnad Ahmad)

        It was reported from ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “Leave the Ahbash (Abyssinians or Ethiopians) alone so long as they do not disturb you, for no one will recover the treasure of the Ka’ba, except Zul-Suwayqatayn from Abyssinia.” (Abu Dawud) ”

        But anyway, I apologise Wan if I offended you in any way, it is not my intention to do so. Im just trying to understand the issue you had with my post.

        I have a reply for your previous post which I would like you to read. Understandably, Wajid told you to ask a Muslim scholar in your area, as he wants to keep this comments space relevant to the topic, and not to turn into a debating platform. Which I can respect, so please understand that it is not my intention to argue or debate with you. Merely to give you a response to your post.

        If you wish to read my response to your previous post, please post your email. And I will email it to you. Alternatively, if Wajid doesnt mind, he could play the middle man and email your my response on my behalf.

        As I always state, Im no authority on religion. Please do forgive any inaccuracies in my post, I am only human, am certainly prone to many errors, and whatever good comes from my post is only a grace and favour to me by Allah, and all errors and bad in my post are my own deficiencies, and once again, I apologise for my mistakes.

        Hope I did answer your question Wan. And please give me your email if you do want the response to your previous post.

        Long post i know, as always :p hehe. Sorry about that. Salaams

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  32. Shahin

    JazakAllah Wajid, glad you appreciated the post bro. You are truly an exemplary Muslim scholar, your open-mindedness and disposition to truth when you see it is truly commendable, mashaAllah.
    Also I forgot to mention, you are right in the sense that the prophet(SAW) would have liked to erect the kaaba on its origional foundation, and although it may have been his hearts desire, out of wisdom and divine guidance, he did not do so, as he feared that it would become a sunnah had he done so. Just wanted to clarrify that.

    One more thing I forgot, regarding the mud wall you mentioned called the Hijr Ismail, which was erected to indicate the original dimensions of the kaaba. If one were to pray in the space between the Hijr Ismail and the kaaba, it would almost be as if one was praying inside the kaaba, as it is within the original foundations which the kaaba was built on. And the land, the ground, the very foundation.. is itself holy. So to all who are disappointed that we the common folk are not allowed to enter the kaaba, do not despair, for if we were to pray within the zone of its original foundation, InshaAllah, it would be as if we have prayed in the kaaba, and Allah knows best how much more reward and barakah one might get for doing so, if at all.

    May Allah grant us the understanding.

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  33. wan

    dear Wajid,
    I understood you are moderator of this blog,so my request to you please do not allow someone to talk about RACE here.Someone called Shahin in his previous post said something like this “WHICH WILL BE DESTROYED BY AN AFRICAN BTW,DARK SKINNED PERSON”.Do not allow remarks like this in your thread,even though the details could be true but i don’t think so it’s appropriate to say it out loud like this.There are millions of people reading our posts daily including many Africans.So i hope this beautiful thread doesn’t get spoilt by blowing racial sentiments here.Hope person like Shahin tone down his voice,not to be too excited in wacking everything in the post without taking care the feelings of our African brothers and sisters.

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    • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      Dear Wan

      I don’t understand your concerns. Are you suggesting that any hadith that suggests a race of the person who will destroy the Kabah should not be talked about because it talks about a race?

      Best Regards
      -Aly
      Comments Team Lead

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      • wan

        Dear Aly,
        It doesn’t matter whether it’s stated in the hadith or not,in an open forum like this why must pinpoint the race when there is always a room to avoid such a statement.Some materials/contents in scriptures are better to discuss in a closed room than openly like this,because it will unnecessarily invite some irresponsible writers to this blog.Consequently,lots of harsh words will be exchanged until finally moderator has to involve to warn them.Why spoil the beauty of this beautiful thread,which serves to furnish knowledge(the word of God),to the true seekers.

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      • Wajid

        Asalaam alaikum

        In my personal opinion – the key is to provide context and explanation rather than avoiding mentioning them. Offence can be taken by anyone to almost anything – the key is context.

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  34. Shahin

    [Comment edited for brevity]

    Salaams Wan, firstly I have to clarrify something. That I too… am an African. Born n bred in South Africa. And believe me, that I am far from racist. Actually, Islam came to abolish the racist practices of the world.

    Much love to all by African bros out there reading this. Im sure any Muslim or African who reads my post knows I meant no disrespect, It was just a random bit of information I threw out there as is my usual custom if you read my other posts. But if I have offended anybody in the least, I ask you for sincere maaf, I apologise, Allah knows its not how my mind works, nor was it ever my intention to offend anybody.

    Please undertsand that I mean no offense, but I am a realist.. and generally very straight forward, so please dont take what I say the wrong way and make me out to be racially incentitive when you are actually overly racially sensitive.

    As I always state. Im no authority on religion. Please do forgive any inaccuracies in my post, I am only human, am certainly prone to many errors, and whatever good comes from my post is only a grace and favour to me by Allah, and all errors and bad in my post are my own deficiencies, and once again, I apologise for my mistakes.

    May Allah grant us all the understanding, and Allah forgive my shortcomings, and grant me guidance. InshaAllah. Ameen

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    • wan

      Asalaam alaikum,
      All of you are very defensive and keep saying the same thing over and over.Firstly,did i say something nasty when i said there is no need to pinpoint any races since we can always inform/explain something in Quran/Hadith in many other ways.My sugesstion was, why not choose a way that doesn’t have to involve any races or ethnics since we can always explain/inform something in many beautiful ways without running out of the contexts.When suggestions like this given why not take it in a positive way rather than make it a big issue like this.Shahin,i understood your intention and you also must try to understand what i am trying to tell you.This has nothing to do with sensitivity or hyper sensitive or over sensitive,this is all about politeness,being nice and professional in sharing our knowledge on Islamic teaching.Maybe you don’t mind(good,great) but do not say that all the Africans throughout the world are proud to say that they are the one, in coming days going to demolish the Qaba.Especially African Muslims,they don’t feel nice to hear this.That’s the reason i said ,you don’t have to be very loud on this,even though it’s written in the scriptures.I myself not an African but i have lots of African friends who felt very uncomfortable after reading your post,that’s why i bring out this issue to you people’s attention.

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  35. Shahin

    Walaikumsalam
    Wan… dude youre lucky my previous posts were cut short for brevity. Understandably, no hard feelings to brother Wajid, I was quite happy with his summaries. Although I will admit that he left out all the fun bits :p hehe

    So I’l try’ to be brief Wan. Here is your first problem… right here:

    //that all the Africans throughout the world are proud to say that they are the one, in coming days going to demolish the Qaba//

    Did I really say that? please do qoute me then… if you read what I said correctly… I ahve no need to even read back, as I know my mind wouldnt even think something like that.

    Wan, you came up with one post first, about cutting off hands and this and that. Now you decided to pick an issue with me being racially insensitive. Dude, firstly, I apologised, secondly, I said that I doubt a single Muslim will take offense, or that any sensible Muslim would have taken offense. If you truly have African friends who have read my little statement and got offended, please tell them not to be shy, post a reply, and I will apologise to them personally.

    //That’s the reason i said ,you don’t have to be very loud on this,even though it’s written in the scriptures//
    I agree with you, that I could have been more tactful in the way I said it, but like I said, my mind just doesnt work that way, could have been an jew or an indian or a mexican or whoever, and I wouldnt have cared less. Call a spade a spade! We will live in ignorance if everyone thought like you, going on all lets be hush about it, and not so loud, and bla bla and we’d all have to tip toe around with our words like we’re all walkng on eggs when theres only one rotten egg complaining.

    I admit, you are right, I could have been more tactful. But making this big an issue out of it, nah, dude, search yourself, seriously, your issue is not with my statement. If you know a single Muslim who got offended. Please, let them speak for themselves.

    Just for you Wan, let me clarrify my statement, I used the words… an African, because I had forgotten that it was specifically an abyssinian. Secondly. I used the words ‘dark skinned’ because you get fair skinned africans too you know? did you know that Wan? well… whatever i remembered, I just threw into there. Im sorry that it wasnt up to your standards.

    Once again, make me maaf for my shortcomings, I am only human, prone to many many many many errors, and whatever bad is in my post is because of my own deficiencies, be they spiritual or intellecutal. And all good in it is from Allah. Maaf again for my statement if it was inappropriate. It was not my intention. Salaams

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    • Zaheer

      Salaam Shahin

      I think you are getting into a circular argument with Wan. He/She believes political correctness is more important than religious truth, in this specific instance. This is clear as Wan refuses to accept the perfectly clear explanations by you, brother Aly as well as the author himself. Haqq is more important than not offending overly sensitive people.
      This may be due to the highly (read: over-) sensitive nature of racial topics to many people – especially on the internet, where everyone’s a crusader with some axe to grind.

      The hadith spoke of one black man; to consider it an offence to all Africans is not only to deliberately misunderstand the hadith (a big enough sin and falsehood on its own), but also to show over-sensitivity inappropriately. The sahih nature of the hadith is another matter entirely, which maybe can be more fruitfully discussed than the “racism” argument being had here.

      I think it’s best to leave wan to be offended on others’ behalf, before the relatively civil discussion goes south.

      Greetings from a fellow South African muslim! Terema Kasih :-) for your insightful posts so far!

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    • wan

      Comment removed by Comments Team. This comment thread has reached to the point of debate which is not related to the topic of the post. Thank you to all who participated for their views.

      -Aly
      Comments Team Lead

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  36. Shahin

    JazakAllah for kind words Zaheer, glad you enjoyin my posts bra, Alhamdulillah. InshaAllah, youl find this one informative,

    Salaams to all. Im going to try to keep this as brief as possible, please bear with me.
    It is not my intention to start a debate, nor do i expect you to listen to me, this is purely information, from my perspective as a Muslim, targeted mainly at my fellow Muslim bro’s n sisters out there. May you find this beneficial, InshaAllah.

    To begin, I have to quote Wajid for emphasis, for this is pivotal.

    //There is no place on Earth as venerated, as central or as holy to as many people as Mecca. By any objective standard, this valley in the Hijaz region of Arabia is the most celebrated place on Earth.

    Thousands circle the sacred Kaaba at the centre of the Haram sanctuary 24 hours a day. Millions of homes are adorned with pictures of it and over a billion face it five times a day.

    The Kaaba is the epicenter of Mecca///

    In a nutshell. Everything is about energy. Our thoughts, our words, every motion, every breath every second every millisecond, we are giving off energy. Heat, cold you name it. Our world is essentially energy, this universe is essentially energy. Even according to the big bang theory which our Quran confirms, the universe started off as energy. And e=mc2 , as we know it is never lost, merely transferred. The question is, transferred to where? If our mere thoughts are a for of energy, be they electrical impulses etc…, then where does this energy go to?
    For one, the reason why angels gather around gatherings of zikr… is due to the energy given off at suich gatherings, if said with enough zeal would light up all they way to the heavens, as has been in the case of the past with so many of the sahaaba(RA) and prophets(AS) of the past.
    Basically, angels, feed off positive energy, devils.. off negative energy. Yes, jinn too feed off our energy much as angels do. So if you do angelic things, youl attract angels, do devilish things, attract the like. So, basically what I am stressing, is that mere thoughts, are energy, mere intentions, are energy, mere words, are energy… (break reality down, we get atoms, protons, neutrons, etc. and as we know, an atom is never static, electrons etc are in continuous motion, the fact reality is perceived so solidly is truly a marvel of Allah if we contemplate. (Wish I had time to go more in depth with this, such a vast topic, perception, reality, metaphysics etc, but this post is already long enough. Basically, this life is a miracle, take my word for it, i’ll leave it at that)

    Now, what happens when you have more than a billion people all giving off this energy in one direction, for one purpose, for one creator? Can you imagine this on a grand scale, like on the blessed day of Jumua. When the bulk of the Ummah all perform Salaah? Sincerity and intentions aside. Allah knows best our conditions. But still… all this energy is headed to the Kaabah, which is common among each and every one of us.

    Also, not too sure what you guys know of our earths energy grid so Im just gona brief you a bit. Basically the earth has an energy field, which is essentially made up of what they termed ‘ley lines’. Many monuments such as giza, Stonehenge, etc are located in such places where there an intersection of these lines. Makkah has among the most, if not the most, ley lines passing through it. And as Wajid said, the kaaba the epicenter of Makkah, and even if you jus look on a map, Makkah is central to the planet, if not the centre of the world, not that it matters really, as it is the most energy filled place on the planet, in terms of pure and spiritual energy.

    I drifted way off topic here, as my intention was actually post something related to the destruction of the kaabah and how it is linked to the end of the world. So basically, there is verse in Surah Maaidah, chapter 5, verse 97 i think, which states something to this effect, that the kaaba is a means of sustenance for mankind.

    Basically, destruction of the kaaba… which has more to do with the harmony of the planet than many would think. We now know that scientifically, everything vibrates at a certain frequency and gives of specific energy signatures. Plants, animals etc, all reality is about energy vibration at different frequencies. Some we perceive… some we do not.

    There is a reason why the world will only end after all the Muslims have died and there will be no one left to do zikr of Allah on this planet. Only then will the kaaba be destroyed, and for those who know the signs before judgement, will know that this is one of the very final signs, before total destruction of life as we know it.

    Also the rulers of the world are trying to get the planet to a certain level of energy vibration conducivr to antichrists arrival. Hence you see how fast things are happening in the world. May Allah help our fellow Muslims being murdered and persecuted around the world. Ameen.

    Ive said enough I think, sorry if I was vague, please forgive any inaccuracies in my post, but as I said to start off with, all this is purely information, do with it as you wish. In conclusion, my main point being that there is more to everything than meets the eye… every time we pray… every dua we make, is energy transferred… to the right source InshaAllah. Let us all focus our energies in the angelic faith prophet(SAW) has left behind for us, for there can be no better way to spend the short time we have left in this life. And worth more than money, time is priceless.

    Maaf for the long post Wajid. As agreed, it will be my last inshaAllah.

    All bad in my post is from my self, and whatever good there is in it is a grace and favour upon me by Allah. Please forgive my shortcomings and any mistakes I may have made, and inshaAllah, if my posts benefit even one person in some way, Alhamdulillah, it will be worth my time InshaAllah.

    May Allah guide us to the straight path and grant us all the understanding. Ameen

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    • Sammy Ghani

      Dear Shahin I love the information you have given in your last post, I have shared with a few friends. I think you should share such knowledge on facebook. Much Love …Sammy Ghani

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  37. WAJiD

    Dear Jenifer/ Shahin/ Wan et al

    I am afraid that I will have to draw a line in the sand for any further comments
    – especially as some have been a) off-topic b) abusive or provocative c) lengthy without adequate cause

    I suggest that a different platform be sought for these discussions/ debates as it is not fair on the readers who are coming to read this very specific article & have relevant/ concise comments or myself/ brother Aly who are spending far too much time moderating in between.

    Each one of you have had comments rejected/ edited so there is no bias being shown here. I hope you all can move on to other constructive discussions elsewhere.

    WAJiD

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    • hassan

      Me please live happy and be at peace with Islam, if not with each other. Salamwalaikom to all.

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  38. USMAN ALI KHOKHAR KING

    10. It has been reconstructed several times

    The Kaaba that we see today is not exactly the same Kaaba that was constructed by Prophets Ibrahim ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and Ismail ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) From time to time, it has needed rebuilding after natural and man-made disasters.

    Of course, we all know of the major reconstruction that took place during the life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) before he became a Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). This is the occasion when the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) averted major bloodshed by his quick thinking on how to place the Black Stone using a cloth that every tribe could lift up.

    Since then, there has been an average of one major reconstruction every few centuries. The last renovation took place in 1996 and was extremely thorough, leading to the replacement of many of the stones and re-strengthening the foundations and a new roof. This is likely to be the last reconstruction for many centuries (inshā’Allāh) as modern techniques mean that the building is more secure and stable than ever before.

    9. It used to have two doors … and a window

    The original Kaaba used to have a door for entrance and another for exit. For a considerable period of time it also had a window situated to one side. The current Kaaba only has one door and no window.

    8. It used to be multi-coloured

    We are so used to the Kaaba being covered in the trademark black Kiswah with gold banding that we can’t imagine it being any other colour. However, this tradition seems to have started at the time of the Abbasids (whose household colour was black) and before this the Kaaba was covered in multiple colours including green, red and even white.

    7. The keys are in the hands of one family

    At the time of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), each aspect to do with the rites of Hajj was in the hands of different sub-groups of the Quraish. Every one of these would eventually lose control of their guardianship of a particular rite except one. On the conquest of Mecca, the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was given the keys to the Kaaba and instead of keeping it in his own possession; he returned them back to the Osman ibn Talha ® of the Bani Shaiba family. They had been the traditional key keepers of the Kaaba for centuries; and the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) confirmed them in that role till the end of time by these words

    “Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant.”

    Whether Caliph, Sultan or King – the most powerful men in the world have all had to bow to the words of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and ask permission from this small Makkan family before they can enter the Kaaba.

    6. It used to be open to everyone

    Until recently, the Kaaba was opened twice a week for anyone to enter and pray. However, due to the rapid expansion in the number of pilgrims and other factors, the Kaaba is now opened only twice a year for dignitaries and exclusive guests only.

    Watch the video attached here to witness the doors of the Kaaba being opened (at 50 seconds) – and the simultaneous gasps of a Million people as they cry out at this auspicious moment.

    http://youtu.be/6-mhWZMHd5E

    5. You used to be able to swim around it

    One of the problems with having the Kaaba situated at the bottom of a valley is that when it rains – valleys tend to flood. This was not an uncommon occurrence in Mecca and the cause of a lot of trouble before the days of flood control systems and sewage. For days on end the Kaaba would be half submerged in water. Did that stop Muslims from performing the Tawaf? Of course not. As the picture below amply shows – Muslims just started swimming around the Kaaba.

    Modern adjustments to the surrounding landscape and flood prevention techniques mean we may never see such sights again. Or will we? Check out this recent video.

    4. The inside contains plaques commemorating the rulers who renovated it

    For years many have wondered what it looks like inside the Kaaba. Relying on second or third hand accounts from those who were lucky enough to enter just wasn’t satisfying enough. Then one lucky person who went inside took his camera phone in with him and Millions have seen the shaky footage online.

    The interior of the Kaaba is now lined with marble and a green cloth covering the upper walls. Fixed into the walls are plaques each commemorating the refurbishment or rebuilding of the House of Allāh by the ruler of the day. Watch the video below of the only place on Earth that you can pray in any direction you want, the House of Allāh, the first place of worship for mankind – the Kaaba.

    3. There are two kaabas!

    Directly above the Kaaba in heaven is an exact replica. This Kaaba was mentioned in the Qurʾān and by the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).

    The Messenger of Allāh ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said narrating about the journey of ‘Isra wal Miraaj

    “Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma’mur (i.e. Allāh’s House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma’mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).”

    2. The Black Stone is broken

    Ever wondered how the Black Stone came to be in the silver casing that surrounds it?

    Some say it was broken by a stone fired by the Umayyad army laying siege to Mecca whilst it was under the control of Abdullah ibn Zubair ®.

    However, most agree that it was most damaged in the middle ages by an extreme heretical Ismaili group from Bahrain called the Qarmatians who had declared that the Hajj was an act of superstition. They decided to make their point by killing tens of thousands of hujjaj and dumping their bodies in the well of Zamzam.

    As if this act of treachery was not enough, these devils took the Black Stone to the East of Arabia and then Kufa in Iraq where they held it ransom until they were forced to return it by the Abassid Caliph. When they returned it, it was in pieces and the only way to keep them together was by encasing them in a silver casing. Some historians narrate that there are still some missing pieces of the stone floating around.

    1. It’s not supposed to be a cube shape

    Yes, ladies and gentleman… the most famous cube in the world actually started out shaped as a rectangle.

    I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaws off the floor.

    Right, where were we?

    Oh yeah, the Kaaba was never meant to be a cube. The original dimensions of The House included the semi-circular area known as the Hijr Ismail.

    When the Kaaba was rebuilt just a few years before the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) received his first revelation, the Quraish agreed to only use income from pure sources to complete the rebuild. That meant no money from gambling, looting, prostitution, interest etc. In the ultimate sign of how deeply mired in wrongdoing the Jahili Quraish were, there was not enough untainted money in this very wealthy trading city to rebuild the Kaaba to its original size and shape!

    They settled for a smaller version of the Kaaba and put a mud brick wall (called “Hijr Ismail” although it has no connection to the Prophet Ismail (A) himself) to indicate the original dimensions. Towards the end of his life, the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) intended to rebuild the Kaaba on its original foundations but passed away before he could fulfill his wish. Apart from a brief interlude of a few years during the reign of Caliph Abdullah ibn Zubair ®, the Kaaba has remained the same shape that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) saw it in.

    The history of the Kaaba is not just an interesting story from our past. The Kaaba is a real and present symbol that connects all Muslims together wherever they may be. It also connects us to our glorious and not-so-glorious past so that we may derive lessons and feel that we are a part of an eternal mission. In a day and age where Muslims are increasingly disconnected from our history,as well as each other, the Kabaa reminds us of our shared heritage and bonds. It is a symbol of unity in an Ummah sorely in need of it.

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  39. Akash

    Although I am a Hindu, but amazing experience in knowing the Islam.

    Allah is great and is peace lover.

    Thanks for this information.

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    • Swatika

      Hi!
      I am a Hindu too and this piece of information created great respect for Islam. I wish, I could visit Kaba once in my life, but thanks for giving me such a awesome view of kaba.

      Thank you

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      • O H

        Insha Allaah you could visit it one day. You just have to recite the Shahada and embrace Islam :)

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  40. O H

    “Fixed into the walls are plaques each commemorating the refurbishment or rebuilding of the House of Allāh by the ruler of the day. ‘

    Cmon this is plain ridiculous. The rulers may regret this…

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  41. Anshul

    kaaba is mentioned in hindu texts as shivlinga of makkaeshwar, as a pinda which is absolutely filled with God’s love. Its original shape, if truly was semicircular dome shaped, then it would have looked the same as a shiv linga. Which simply means that that there is just one God who is known to some as allah , some as God, some as shiva. I hope to visit mecca one day to feel the love of the primordial God :)

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    • ummZAKAriyya

      I know you mean well and seem to be a peaceful, loving person.
      But your understanding of kaaba and comparing it to the shiv ling is completely wrong.

      Many cultures have worshipped stones, its not unique to hinduism to worship the Shiv Ling. And all old worshipped rocks tend to be of a dark colour(not much of a choice eh?). Can you then say they are all related?
      Drawing Parallels when they are absolutely different and disconnected is incorrect. I have seen swami Sri sri Ravi Shankar do this. I wonder if you got this info from his book.

      Muslims do not worship the black stone inside the kabah or the kabah itself. Its just a marker for us to pray towards. Even if it suddenly dissappeared, we would continue to pray in the same direction.

      Can you stand on top of Shiv ling? Definitely NO. Because you worship it.
      Whereas a muslim can stand on top of kabah ( that is where AZAN/adhan used to be given initially)
      Also,the black stone is JUST A STONE. Would you call shiv ling – ” just a stone”.

      This tells you theres a huge difference.

      May Allah bless you with a chance to visit makkah for pilgrimage!

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  42. Karlos

    As a non-muslim… I had thought that when Mohamed took the Kabala, he cast all but one of the pagan Idols out. If that is the case… Where is the one he kept?

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    • ummZAKAriyya

      Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) destroyed all the idols .

      you are probably confusing this with the story of Prophet Abraham(Ibrahim)pbuh.
      Prophet Abraham destroyed all the idols except one, when his people where away. When they returned and asked him if he was the one who destroyed the idols, he responded by asking them to enquire with the big Idol about what happened to the rest . lol. They were dumbfound because they knew no idol could answer them, not even the big one. He did this on purpose to bring them back to their senses.

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      • Syed

        Any way .
        as a muslim …

        Where is the Reference and proof of that …

        10 things to know about Kaabah ????!

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    • Aly Balagamwala

      Dear Karlos

      When Makkah became Muslim, the Kaaba was cleansed of all idols. There were none left. It was dedicated for the worship of Allah who the only True Diety who is not an idol. He is the Only One, the Unique. The One who does not Beget nor is He Begotten.

      Aly

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  43. Mel

    Salam /Peace Those who seem shocked by the enthusiasm of the invitation to Islam/ d’awah, have you ever heard of evangelist missionaries working all over the world. I did and had so many of them trying to convert me from Islam. So why is it right for some and wrong for others?

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  44. saf

    Am surprised to see this thread seems to have become a hit because of Carlos lol.I think it is a good thing then that we interact with those who are not like us, it makes us conscious of the rules better.As for VIkram asking the question on conversion- conversion is impossible in Hinduism,almost like Judaism.So,they do not understand why they should be lectured or tortured to convert.I converted from HInduism,not because I was ‘bad’,’moralless’,’athiestic’,’superstitious’,agnostic’,etc. but I saw Islam as an extension of my all religions, after all Allah has said every religion is from Allah and every Book and Prophets sent to every nation.Islam is the final version given and the corruption of the message is not possible with the Quran.I think beating up other communities or religions on moral basis does not help,as there are several morality and ethics issues in the Muslim world.But showing that Religion and Humanity are 2 different entities,is the only way to convince the Carloses and Vikrams about what Dawah means.

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  45. Joseph

    The kaaba was build for pagan gods and the pagans use to perform the same things muslims are doing today.
    I don’t thing the HOLY GOD WILL ALLOW HIS NAME TO BE PRAISE IN THAT KIND OF PLACE.
    Another question,If this kaaba is the replica of the one that is in Heaven,does that means GOD gave the pagans the designing maps or how did they figured it out?Thank you

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    • Aly Balagamwala

      Dear Joseph

      The kaaba was built by the Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ismail (Ishmael) (May peace be upon them) and they were divinely inspired by revelation. After these prophets passed away, the descendants of their followers turned towards idolatory and corrupted the religion of their forefathers. Thus, their rituals were from Abraham albeit corrupted and when Islam came it reverted them back to monotheism.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the site. We hope you will read the many articles present.

      Thanks and Best Regards
      Aly

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