Kaʿbah is a small shrine located near the centre of the Great Mosque in Mecca and considered by Muslims everywhere to be the most sacred spot on Earth.
Holy Kaaba is a cube-shaped stone structure that was built by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) on the same foundations where Prophet Adam (AS) is believed to have built a holy place for the worship of the One Lord.
Holy Kaaba is considered the most sacred place on earth as they go for offering Hajj according to the commands of Allah Almighty mentioned in Holy Quran
Billions of Muslims face toward the Kaaba to pray five times each day and it is the most sacred and holy site in Islam.
It is a misconception in Non- Muslims that Muslims worship the holy Kaaba but it’s not true Muslims do not worship the Holy Kaaba.
Here are eight fact about the holy Kaaba.
1. The Holy Kaaba is sometimes called “The House of Allah.
The Quran states that the Kaaba was the first ever House of Worship for Muslims and was built on instructions directly from Allah by the Prophets Ibrahim (PBUH) and Ismail (PBUH).
2. It connects Muslims around the world.
The Kaaba plays an important role, not only as focal point for prayer and the original house of worship, but also as a symbol that unites all Muslims, wherever we live in the world.
3. The doors are only opened twice a year.
The Kaaba used to be opened twice a day for everyone to enter and pray, but now that millions of Muslims visit the site, only VIPs and dignitaries go in on special occasions twice per calendar year.
4. It used to be multi-coloured.
It’s currently famous as a black and gold cube, but centuries ago it was covered in colours including green, red and even white.
5. The Black Stone is broken.
The black stone 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 took the Black Stone to the East of Arabia and then Kufa in Iraq where they held it payoff until they were forced to return it by the Abbasid 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.
6. There are two of them!
But the other one is directly above the one we can see, in heaven. According to the Quran, 70,000 angels pray at the heavenly Kaaba, which is an exact replica, everyday.
7. The Kaaba has been rebuilt many times.
Due to natural and man-made disasters, renovations have been made. The most recent one was in 1996 and due to advances in techniques it’s hoped that no further work will be needed for many centuries! (Insha Allah)
8. The same family holds the key to the door as in Quranic times.
The Prophet (PBUH) gave the keys to the Osman ibn Talha (RA) of the Bani Shaiba family, they still have them up till date,
Their is passage in the Quran that said till eternally up to the Day of Resurrection they will still hold key , and it will not be taken from them unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant.
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