Kaaba is the most spiritual and holiest place on earth. Muslims wish to visit the Kaaba at least once in their life. Umrah and Hajj drive us to visit the Kaaba so that many Umrah organizers provide Umrah packages to get a chance to visit the house of Allah SWT.
As one of the significant places in Islamic traditions, many historical events took place which reflects the true reflections of Islamic culture and history. Many authors write about the greatness of this place but still, there are a few things that many of us don’t know.
1-Purpose of the Shathrawan:
Abdullah Ibn Al Zubair (RA) built the marble foundation circling the Kaa’ba known as Shathrawan, during his rule over Makkah. It was built to protect the Kaa’ba against flooding during the rainy season and also to keep the cloth coverings of the Kaa’ba, or the kiswah, safe.
2-The Black Stone is not a one Piece:
The Black Stone is the holy stone placed on the southeastern side of the Kaa’ba. The Stone is 30 centimeters in diameter and is about 1.5 meters high off the ground. The Black Stone was originally in one piece but was broken during various attacks like the Qarmatian raid in 930 AD.
3-Virtue of Al Multazam:
It is Sunnah to grip on to the wall of the Kaa’ba in such a style that a cheek, chest, and hands are against the wall. It is reported that Abdullah bin Umar (RA) once accomplished the Tawaf, performed the prayer, and then kissed the Black Stone. Thereafter, he stood between Hajr-Aswad and the door of the Kaaba in such a manner that the cheek, chest, and hands were against the wall. He at that time said, “This is what I saw Prophet Muhammad SAW do.”
4-Inside the Kaa’ba there is a Place Where Prophet SAW Prayed:
At the inner entrance positioned in the back of the Kaa’ba, there is a place where the Prophet SAW offered his prayers. The area is designated by a different colored marble.
5-Five-Three Wooden Columns Support the Roof of the Kaa’ba:
Formerly six wooden columns used to grip up the Kaa’ba but now there are only three, every 44 centimeters in diameter and 9 meters high. Lamps made of copper and silver, hang from the roof.
6-The Staircase inside the Kaa’ba:
On the right side of the interior is a stairway taken to the roof accessed through a door known as the Door of Regret. The stairs that lead to the roof of the Kaa’ba are prepared with aluminum.
7-Virtue of the Yemeni Corner:
Between the Yemeni Corner and the Hijra-Aswad, one should say the words that were linked from Abdallah ibn al Saa’ib, who said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah Muhammad SAW say between the two Corners: “Our Allah, give us that which is good in this world and that which is good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire.”
8-Key Keepers of the Kaa’ba:
On the conquest of Makkah, the Prophet SAW was given the keys to the Kaaba, and instead of having it in his own; he returned them to the Osman Ibn Talha (RA) of the Bani Shaiba family. They had been the old-style key keepers of the Kaaba for eras, and the Prophet SAW confirmed them in that role till the end of time.
9-History of the Kiswa:
During the early days of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad SAW covered the Kaa’ba with fabrics and Yemeni textiles. For the period of Umar Ibn Al Khattab’s, it was protected with Egyptian linen. The first to change the Kiswa twice in one year was Mowaya Ibn Abi Safyan.
10-Kiswa Manufactured in Makkah:
The Saudi government supervises a factory in Makkah, which is the sole producer of the Kaa’ba covers. They manufacture three types of covers: internal covers, external covers and a special cover for the door of the Kaaba called Al Borquoo’o.
In Umrah and Hajj Muslims get a close chance to be near Kaaba even some time gets a chance to touch it for blessing and spiritual love. Organizers for Umrah and Hajj provide Umrah package 2022 London to gain this opportunity to see Kaaba live.