10 Things You Didn`t Know About the Ka’aba
Posted by Ady on February 12th, 2020
Holy Kaabah is the most sacred site of Islam that remains present from the beginning of this world and will remain till the end of times. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Muslims visit Haram for offering Hajj and Umrah rituals through umrah package London and other cities of the world.
Here are the 10 things you didn’t know about the Kaabah.
It was reconstructed many times.
Initially, the Holy Kaabah was built by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS). However, due to natural disasters, the major re-construction of Kaabah took place during the times of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW).
Kaabah used to be open for everyone in the past.
During the old days, there used to be 2 doors and a window of the Kaabah. Everyone was allowed to enter/exit the Kaabah. However today, no pilgrim can enter Kaabah and there is only one door and no window.
It wasn’t always covered in black clothing.
The covering of the Kaabah has also changed throughout ages. From green, red, white and now black in colour.
The Keys to the Door of Kaabah are in the custody of one family only.
According to the will of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW), Al-Shaiba family is the only custodian of the keys of Kaabah. From the past 15 centuries and till the end; the keys get inherited by the eldest member of the family.
The initial conditions of Hajar-e-Aswad.
Hajar-e-Aswad was in pure white colour initially and as a complete, single stone. However, the events that occurred afterwards, turned it black in colour. Today it comprises of 8 small pieces joined together and kept in a silver casing.
Holy Kaabah has many names.
In Quran and hadith, Holy Kaabah is also called as;
The Ibrahimi foundation of Kaabah.
The Kaabah we see today is not on the Ibrahimi Foundation. Hateem (Hijr Ismail) that lies outside of Kaabah remains an official part of the Ibrahimi foundation of Kaabah. However, when Kaabah was re-built during the time of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW), people fell short of money/funds to include it in the construction.
The ‘Another’ Kaabah on 7th Heaven.
On the seventh heaven, there is an exact Kaabah where 70,000 angels pray and perform Tawaf every day. It’s called as Bayt-al-Mamoor [Surah At-Tur 52:4].
Footprints on Maqam-e-Ibrahim.
When Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) were building Kaabah, the block of stone he (AS) used to stand on aided in the construction of the upper portion; it used to elevate and then also come downwards. Allah made it soft and the footprints of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) were carved on it.
Kiswah and the Door of Kaabah.
Kiswah; the Black cloth covering of Kaabah, is replaced every year on 9th of Dhul-Hijjah. It is made from pure silk and gold costing around 4 million GBP.
The door of Kaabah is also made of Pure gold weighing 300 Kg. It only opens twice a year for the cleaning ritual of Holy Kaabah that is performed by Al-Shaiba family and the royals themselves.
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