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    MuslimMatters.org logo CULTURE CURRENT AFFAIRS ISLAM LIFE SOCIETY ABOUT CONTACT TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE KAABA Muhammad Wajid Akhter November 15, 2012 153 Comments 2k91764 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. 2k91764 hajjhistory of IslamIslamkaabaMakkahMeccaMuslimmuslimsProphet IbrahimProphet IsmailQuraishthe Haram RELATED POSTS hajj Oh You Who Are Leaving To Mina Without Me! Your Departure Has Set My Heart Ablaze! Ammar Al Shukry October 2, 2014 2 Comments ISIS Muslim Scholars Letter to Al-Baghdadi of ISIS or ISIL— a Missed Opportunity Amad S October 1, 2014 10 Comments 153 RESPONSES Carlos November 15, 2012 Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see. Thumb up 271 Thumb down 279 REPLY Omair November 15, 2012 I hope you’re having fun. Because nobody here is listening to you. Thumb up 112 Thumb down 94 REPLY clayjoiner April 24, 2013 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. Thumb up 163 Thumb down 51 Nour Al Machhour June 6, 2014 You are a very smart person. Thumb up 15 Thumb down 7 Susan August 3, 2013 Yes we are, alhumdillialla . Thumb up 43 Thumb down 15 BTK March 9, 2014 @Omair Yeah, that’s the thing about ignorance. Religious people won’t listen to reason, instead they’re just choose to ignore logic. Thumb up 26 Thumb down 29 WAJiD November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 160 Thumb down 39 REPLY Imelda Herron July 3, 2014 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. Thumb up 14 Thumb down 7 Abu Sumaiyah November 19, 2012 Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see. Thumb up 38 Thumb down 57 REPLY Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 19, 2012 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 Thumb up 96 Thumb down 20 Mahmud December 2, 2012 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. Thumb up 15 Thumb down 13 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi December 3, 2012 http://muslimmatters.org/about/etiquettes-of-discussion-on-a-blog-comments-policy/ Thumb up 6 Thumb down 4 Judah raquinio September 8, 2013 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 Thumb up 14 Thumb down 15 Vikram October 12, 2013 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? Thumb up 41 Thumb down 31 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi October 12, 2013 “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* Thumb up 44 Thumb down 16 asgar December 15, 2013 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/ Thumb up 21 Thumb down 15 judas priest February 3, 2014 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. Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2 WAJiD November 19, 2012 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. Thumb up 7 Thumb down 3 JoeKidd July 31, 2013 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! Thumb up 15 Thumb down 1 Thuryn November 28, 2012 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. Thumb up 98 Thumb down 9 Musafira December 1, 2012 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! Thumb up 26 Thumb down 2 PeaceFinder August 5, 2013 “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. Thumb up 21 Thumb down 5 Abu Taariq December 9, 2012 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. Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5 Nonsense July 3, 2014 Kafir, nice to read the IslamoNazi terms for their fellow human beings. Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 Hilarious December 30, 2012 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. Thumb up 12 Thumb down 3 REPLY WAJiD December 31, 2012 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. Thumb up 4 Thumb down 3 Hilarious December 30, 2012 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. Thumb up 21 Thumb down 19 REPLY Gnothi-Seauton May 2, 2013 Don’t hate on astronaughts. It’s not nice. Thumb up 9 Thumb down 4 Halwah June 1, 2013 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. Thumb up 10 Thumb down 3 REPLY Tanveer Ahmad August 11, 2013 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). Thumb up 26 Thumb down 3 REPLY Tanveer Ahmad August 11, 2013 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. Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2 REPLY Shahid Khan July 5, 2014 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. Thumb up 10 Thumb down 0 REPLY Zaheer July 6, 2014 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 Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 REPLY salim memon July 8, 2014 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. Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0 REPLY natalie August 20, 2014 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. Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 REPLY stephen September 2, 2014 Well said! No doubt people are making up a reply as I type! Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 REPLY Tariq Nisar Ahmed November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3 REPLY Gibran November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 4 Thumb down 3 REPLY Wajid September 5, 2013 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. Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2 Dreamlife November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 2 Thumb down 3 REPLY Yasmin November 15, 2012 Mashallah, very interesting post! Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2 REPLY Carlos November 15, 2012 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? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 3 REPLY Amanda November 20, 2012 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~ Thumb up 63 Thumb down 5 REPLY Halwah June 1, 2013 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. Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 20, 2012 Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see. Thumb up 6 Thumb down 10 REPLY Carlos November 21, 2012 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 Thumb up 11 Thumb down 10 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 22, 2012 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 Thumb up 3 Thumb down 5 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 22, 2012 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? 🙂 Thumb up 5 Thumb down 4 Carlos November 22, 2012 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. Thumb up 16 Thumb down 5 Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 23, 2012 Carlos You have been on moderation for quite some time so your “freedom” was always “chilled”. -Aly Thumb up 5 Thumb down 4 hashim January 11, 2014 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. Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3 Muhammad al-Hakeem November 30, 2012 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. Thumb up 11 Thumb down 7 REPLY Abu Taariq December 9, 2012 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. Thumb up 9 Thumb down 9 REPLY Aliflammim December 13, 2013 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. Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2 REPLY WAJiD November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 7 Thumb down 7 REPLY jj November 15, 2012 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. Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1 REPLY Abdus Sabur November 16, 2012 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 Thumb up 9 Thumb down 3 REPLY Halwah June 1, 2013 Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see. Thumb up 5 Thumb down 9 REPLY Saif November 16, 2012 Salam alaikum, The kiswah under the Ottomans used to be red in color until the late 19th century. Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0 REPLY Asmeeni November 16, 2012 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 Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1 REPLY Anwar Khan November 16, 2012 Dear Wajid, Thanks for being useful.the infrmation is very interesting and inspiring. Allah bless you. Anwar Khan Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3 REPLY Mehdi Sheikh November 16, 2012 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? Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2 REPLY WAJiD November 16, 2012 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. Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3 REPLY Hilarious December 30, 2012 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. Thumb up 2 Thumb down 4 Abdus Sabur November 16, 2012 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 Thumb up 4 Thumb down 2 REPLY konga November 17, 2012 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 Thumb up 3 Thumb down 2 REPLY zujaja November 18, 2012 good stuff….I don’t think it’ll feel the same if it was red, wer’e so used to seeing it black 🙂 Thumb up 1 Thumb down 1 REPLY Uthmaan November 18, 2012 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? Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1 REPLY ahsan arshad November 18, 2012 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 Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 REPLY Alchemist November 18, 2012 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 Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 REPLY jman November 21, 2012 what is hanging from the roof of the kaaba in that inside video? Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 REPLY WAJiD November 22, 2012 Those are old oil lamps hanging between the pillars. I am not sure if they now contain lightbulbs or still have candles. Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1 REPLY Dawud Israel November 28, 2012 Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see. Thumb up 0 Thumb down 4 REPLY Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi November 29, 2012 Dawud Can you provide any references for your comment? Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3 REPLY Gibran March 26, 2013 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. Thumb up 10 Thumb down 1 REPLY Adeel Ahmad Siddiqi (Toronto,Canada) December 4, 2012 Excellent information! Happy to know all the facts and other information and history. With our very best wishes and DuaiN Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1 REPLY ndndr December 8, 2012 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. Thumb up 7 Thumb down 7 REPLY M.A.al-Hakeem December 9, 2012 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] Thumb up 11 Thumb down 4 REPLY Hilarious December 30, 2012 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. Thumb up 5 Thumb down 5 M.A.al-Hakeem December 9, 2012 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. Thumb up 7 Thumb down 2 REPLY Hilarious December 30, 2012 I agree with this comment but not the previous one. Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1 WAJiD January 16, 2013 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. Thumb up 6 Thumb down 2 REPLY WAJiD (wajid) | Pearltrees May 27, 2013 […] Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba […] Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 REPLY Arshiya June 23, 2013 Amazing… had tears going through this…May Allah bless you ameen. Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 REPLY Shahin June 24, 2013 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 th LikeLike
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