The Significance of the Kabah

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“Allah has made the Kaaba, the sacred house, a maintenance for the people, and the sacred month and the offerings and the sacrificial animals with garlands; this is that you may know that Allah knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and that Allah is the Knower of all things.“ To many people, whether Muslim or not, the Ka’bah is a well-known artifact. It has a rich and fascinating past, and has been an important aspect throughout centuries of Islamic history. Within the Islamic faith, the Ka’bah has great significance personally, physically, and religiously. Its importance can be seen in the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), as the physical center of the Islamic faith, and in reference to the Qur’an. The pilgrimage to “The House of God” in Mecca is a vital and required journey that is to be preformed at least once in each Muslims life, given that the circumstances allowii. During the pilgrimage, each Muslim is required to circuit the Ka’bah, meaning briskly walking around it 7 times counterclockwise, beginning and ending opposite the black stoneiii. This is the ultimate rite of passage and is done in community with all the other Muslim pilgrimages during ‘Dhu al-Hijjah,’ the last month in the Islamic calendariv. This is believed to be the time when God’s spirit is closest to the earthv. The origins of the Hajj predate Islamvi, to 2,000 BC, when Ishmael, the infant son of the prophet Abraham, and Abraham's wife, were stranded in the desertvii. In 630 A.D., the Prophet Mohammed led a group of his followers there on the first official Hajj, destroying the idols and re-dedicating the site in the name of Allahviii. Every year, over two million Muslims from all corners of the earth, every race and cultureix, gather together to join and walk in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammadx took in the 7th centuryxi. The Ka’bah is also the physical focal point of the Islamic faith. It is the most scared site in Islam, and believed by many Muslims to be...
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