The Hijr Ismail or Hateem in Makkah is a crescent-shaped area situated just in line with the Holy Kabah. A part of Hijr (Hateem) is also known as Hijr-Ismail which means pebble for Ismail, which is the place where a shelter was made by Ibrahim for his wife Hajra and son Ismail. Muslims across the world can pay a visit by availing Umrah packages to get the blessing of Allah SWT.
A few stimulating facts about the Hijr Ismail reflect upon its importance in Islam. They demonstrate the events that took place in the area and made it sacred.
Tawaf must be Around the Hateem:
Hijr Ismail or Hateem in Makkah is a squat divider, which was a part of Kabah when Ibrahim AS built it originally. It is said that approximately 3 meters of the area head-to-head to the wall of Hijr (Hateem) are considered to be a part of Kabah so tawaf must be done exterior the finish range of the Hijr.
Graves of Ismail and mother Hajra:
Later on, Kabah was rebuilt by Quraysh, during which the Kabah took its cubical shape and Hijr (Hateem) was left outdoor. It is a semi-circular, crescent-shaped low wall next to Kabah. Some researchers said that the graves of Ismail AS and his mother Hajra lie covered beneath the Hijr Ismail.
The Flood in Kabah:
At the age of 35 years of Prophet (PBUH), a devastating flood damaged the Kabah, which was already faded previously by a huge fire, and was at risk of demolition. Feeling the need to protect the house of worship, the Quraysh chose to alter and rebuild the Kabah and did every possible thing for the development. There was a stranded nearby, and so its wood was carried into use. The woodworker named Baqoom developed the dividers of the Kabah. Little dividers were assembled demonstrating the first limits of the establishment laid down by the Prophet Ibrahim, which was an encased territory over the northern side of Kabah.
How to Enter the Kabah:
Hazrat Aisha RZ said” I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Can I not enter the House? ’He said to enter the Hijr (Hateem) for it is part of the House. Hazrat Aisha RZ said “I liked to enter the House (the Kaaba) and pray therein. The Messenger of Allah caught me by hand and acknowledged me to al-Hijr (Hateem).
Miraj incident Narrated at Hateem:
In Sahih al-Bukhari, Hazrat Jabir bin narrated that it was Hateem where he mounted in front of the people of Quraish when they did not believe his story of Night’s divine Journey. Standing in front of all those people, he began to define Jerusalem after Allah blessed him and displayed the city in front of him.
Prophet SAW wanted to include the Hateem as part of Kabah:
In Sahih Muslim, Aisha, wife of Allah’s Messenger, narrated that she heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying that if her people had not converted to Islam then, he would have spent the treasure of the Kaaba according to the wish of Allah. The doors would have been built on the level of the ground, and Hijr Ismail would have lied inside its margin.
Muslims can enjoy the same rewards as entering in Kabah by entering in Hateem so anyone from the UK can go to Makah to be the guest of Allah by availing cheap Umrah packages 2022 from the UK.