Amazing Facts About Holy Kaaba That Every Muslims Should Know

The Kaaba is a large cube-shaped building inside the mosque known as al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The mosque has hundreds of windows around it.  It is a cube-shaped stone structure that was built by Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael on the same foundations where Prophet Adam is believed to have built a sanctuary for the worship of the One God. It is made of standard blocks, with black and gold cloth around it. In the five daily prayers, Muslims face the Kaaba in Mecca, Allah says:

“Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah, blessed and a guidance for the worlds.” (Holy Quran, 3:96)

The Kaaba is the holiest place in Islam. Muslims do not worship the Kaaba. It serves as a focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus, and direction. Interestingly the inside of the Kaaba is empty. Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage (hajj) once in a lifetime to the Kaaba. As it is the holiest place in Islam all Muslims pray towards this when they perform the five Fardh (necessary acts mentioned in the Quran) Salaah or prayer. At the end of the Hajj season, there is a holiday called Eid al-Adha.

The Size of the Kaaba

The current height of the Kaaba is 39 feet, 6 inches and total size comes to 627 square feet. The inside room of the Kaaba is 13X9 meters. The Kaaba’s walls are one meter wide. The floor inside is 2.2 meters higher than the place where people perform Tawaf.

You only worship, besides Allah, idols, and you produce a falsehood. Indeed, those you worship besides Allah do not possess for you [the power of] provision. So seek from Allah provision and worship Him and be grateful to Him. To Him, you will be returned.” (Quran 29:17)

The ceiling and roof are two levels made out of wood. They were reconstructed with teak which is capped with stainless steel. The walls are all made of stone. The stones inside are unpolished, while the ones outside are polished. This small building has been constructed and reconstructed by Prophets Adam, Ibrahim, Ismail and Muhammad (peace be upon them all). No other building has had this honor.

The other names of the Kaaba

Literally, Kaaba in Arabic means a high place with respect and prestige. The word Kaaba may also be derivative of a word meaning a cube.

Some of these other names include:

Bait ul Ateeq-which means, according to one meaning, the earliest and ancient. According to the second meaning, it means independent and liberating. Both meanings could be taken

Bait ul Haram-the honorable house

The Kaaba has been reconstructed up to 12 times

Scholars and historians say that the Kaaba has been reconstructed between five to 12 times.

The very first construction of the Kaaba was done by Prophet Adam (peace be upon him). Allah says in the Quran that this was the first house that was built for humanity to worship Allah.

After this, Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail (peace be upon them) rebuilt the Kaaba. The measurements of the Kaaba’s Abrahamic foundation are as follows:

·        The eastern wall was 48 feet and 6 inches

·        The Hateem side wall was 33 feet

·        The Western side was 46.5 feet

·        The side between the black stone and the Yemeni corner was 30 feet

Following this, there were several constructions before the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) time.

What is inside the Kaaba?

·        There are two pillars inside (others report 3 pillars)

·        Space can accommodate about 50 people

·        There are no electric lights inside

·        The walls and floors are of marble

·        There are no windows inside

·        There is only one door

·        There is a table on the side to put items like perfume

·        There are two lantern-type lamps hanging from the ceiling

·        The upper inside walls of the Kaaba were covered with some kind of curtain with the Kalima written on it

Here are just a couple of things that most individuals may not understand about the Kaaba.

1.   The term of the Kaaba is the language of the Quran from the word “Kaaba” which means “place” or the ankles feet spin moves to step up. Verse 5/6 in the Quran explains that Deng’s “Ka’bain” which means ‘ two ‘ ankles and verse 5/95-96 contain the term ‘ Kaaba ‘ meaning a real “eye of the Earth” or “the axis of the Earth around the North Pole” or earth.

2.   The Kaaba is the House of God. Quantum qibla (direction) of the Muslim Ummah in the exercise of prayer, of any country all prayer facing the Qibla.

3.   History of the Kiswa (Al Kaaba Cover).The covers were changed once on the 10th of Muharram and once at the end of Ramadan. Ibn Al Zubair was also well known for his generosity in using fine perfumes inside the Kaaba. It was common for a sultan, king, or prince to donate the cover of the Kaaba.

4.   The Covers of the Kaaba are Manufactured in Makkah

5.   Inside the Kaaba there is a Niche Where Prophet (PBUH) Prayed

6.   The word ‘Umm Al-Qura ‘means the parent for other cities.

7.   Neil Armstrong has proved that the city of Mecca is the Centre of the planet Earth.

8.   A virtue of the Yemeni Corner

9.   It’s been Re-Built Several Times

10.                It used to have 2 doors and a Window

11.                It used to be Multi-Colored

12.                The Keys are in the Hands of one Family

13.                The Black Stone is not a Single Piece

14.                The Staircase inside the Kaaba.On the right side of the interior is a staircase leading to the roof accessed through a door known as the Door of Repentance. The stairs that lead to the roof of the Kaaba are made mostly of aluminum.

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. The Kaaba serves as a focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus, and direction.

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 Qur’an. Every Muslim who makes the pilgrimage is required to walk around the Kaaba seven times.  Allah says:

“And of His signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but prostrate to Allah, who created them, if it should be Him that you worship.” (Quran 41:37)

Mecca, the birthplace of Islam and the holiest site to all the Muslims in the world and no matter how one looks at it, this valley in present-day Saudi Arabia is the most celebrated and blessed place on earth.

One of the main reasons for the holiness of this area is the presence of the Kaaba, the holiest structure in Islam to which the entire Muslims population of the world face towards when praying to Allah (SWT). Thousands of people circle this holy structure every day daily.  Allah says:

You only worship, besides Allah, idols, and you produce a falsehood. Indeed, those you worship besides Allah do not possess for you [the power of] provision. So seek from Allah provision and worship Him and be grateful to Him. To Him, you will be returned.” (Quran 29:17)

The Kaaba is perhaps the most known building in the world and its architecture, covered in black cloth, is surrounded by centuries of History. Though most people know the Kaaba here are some things that may not be known by many.

Muslims are ordered to face Kaaba is made their Qibla (the direction) of prayers, only to unite them. Baitullah, the Holy Kaaba is not an idol but is in fact, the symbolic House of Allah and is the only center point of prayers for approximately 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world.

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