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    Inside the Kaaba

    Something i got through email, and i thought it was worth sharing.

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    On Friday afternoon, the 9th of February, I performed umrah, and I waited nervously for Saturday the 10th to arrive. For the first time Australia would be represented at the washing of the Kaaba ceremony, and I had been granted the honour and privilege of representing Australia and hundreds of thousands of Muslim Australians at this extraordinary event.

    It started at 5am, I presented myself at the Conference Palace, where we were invited to breakfast with nominated representatives of the Islamic diplomatic corps. Following breakfast we were taken up to the top floor of the palace, to a prayer room, which overlooked Masjid-Al-Haram, a spectacular view from above, I was captivated by our ability to see the pilgrims performing tawaaf, it was an extraordinary sight.


    After Fajr, we were escorted to the palace restaurant, where I spoke with other diplomats, anxiously awaiting the big moment. At about 8.30am we left the palace for the Haram. Hundreds if not thousands
    of Saudi security personnel were on hand, and the police with hands locked together, formed a pathway for us into the mosque. It was an impressive show of security. We walked into the mosque into a viewing area in front of the Kaaba. A huge roar of excitement swept through the Haram as the gold doors of the Kaaba were opened, and a large wooden staircase erected to facilitate entry inside Islam's holiest shrine.


    After a short wait, a group of us were taken by the security police into the courtyard, the police once again had formed a clear path for us, and checked our id cards. As we were led up the staircase, my heart pounded with anticipation, excited and humbled by the great honour that had been bestowed upon me. I was tremendously excited, and filled with joy. As I walked up the steps, I touched the golden doors. Inside the Kaaba, I was immediately struck by the sweet scent of burning incense, the simple beauty and serenity of the Kaaba's marble interior, there were three beautiful marble columns in the middle of the Kaaba. I was impressed by the divine elegance of the Quranic calligraphy that adorned the walls. I immediately prayed 2 rakaats at the wall on my right, and then proceeded to perform 2 rakaats at each wall, until I had completed all 4 directions. I made dua and touched the walls, before I was led out. I then kissed Hajr -al Aswad, the scent was sweet and quite strong.

    Later, as I wandered back to my hotel, it felt as if I had been in dream, a beautiful dream where I traveled to the center of the Muslim universe, the symbol of all that is holy and pure, but it was not a dream, it was
    reality, and my heart and mind will never quite be the same again, because each time I face the Qibla to perform Salaat, I can picture the room inside, the Kaaba now has a whole new meaning to me.
    Members of the Saudi royal family, Ulema, and military later performed the actual washing of the Kaaba, with buckets of zamzam water and wooden straw brooms. Pilgrims sought to pick a straw of the broom, or wash their prayer mats in the water that had cleaned the Kaaba. It was an amusing sight to see a Saudi police officer being chased by pilgrims for his broom and water.


    A great day, and a wonderfully vivid and deeply moving experience, salaams .



    [This message has been edited by Girl from Quraysh (edited April 17, 2001).]

    #2
    Very nice, thanx 4 sharing

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      #3
      ^>^>^I immediately prayed 2 rakaats at the wall on my right, and then proceeded to perform 2 rakaats at each wall, until I had completed all 4 directions. ^>^>^


      sweet...all four directions because ur INSIDE it....neat.



      i've also heard similar stories about only the royals being allowed to go in...and 'red' carpet is rolled out for them to proceed inside the kaaba.

      sometimes tho, non-royals, regular pilgrims (i think 10 at a time) are allowed to go inside teh holy site. LUCKY.

      thanks for the post.

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        Here's a lil more info, if u're interested...

        The Kaaba

        The small, cubed building known as the Kaaba may not rival skyscrapers in height or mansions in width, but its impact on history and human beings is unmatched.

        The Kaaba is the building towards which Muslims face five times a day, everyday, in prayer. This has been the case since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) over 1400 years ago.

        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.

        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. Yet, not very much is known about the details of this small but significant building.

        Did you know the Kaaba was reconstructed as recently as close to four years ago?
        Did you know that the Kaaba has been subjected to danger by natural disasters like flooding, as well as human attacks?

        If you didn't keep reading. You'll find some rarely heard of information discussed below and discover facts about the Kaaba many are unaware of.

        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 Ibrahimic foundation are as follows:

        -the eastern wall was 48 feet and 6 inches

        -the Hateem side wall was 33 feet

        -the side between the black stone and the Yemeni corner was 30 feet

        -the Western side was 46.5 feet

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

        Reconstruction of Kaaba by Quraish

        Prophet Muhammad participated in one of its reconstructions before he became a Prophet. After a flash flood, the Kaaba was damaged and its walls cracked.
        It needed rebuilding. This responsibility was divided among the Quraish's four tribes. Prophet Muhammad helped with this reconstruction. Once the walls were erected, it was time to place the Black Stone, (the Hajar ul Aswad) on the eastern wall of the Kaaba.

        Arguments erupted about who would have the honor of putting the Black Stone in its place. A fight was about to break out over the issue, when Abu Umayyah, Makkah's oldest man, proposed that the first man to enter the gate of the mosque the following morning would decide the matter. That man was the Prophet. The Makkans were ecstatic. "This is the trustworthy one (Al-Ameen)," they shouted in a chorus. "This is Muhammad".

        He came to them and they asked him to decide on the matter. He agreed. Prophet Muhammad proposed a solution that all agreed to-putting the Black Stone on a cloak, the elders of each of the clans held on to one edge of the cloak and carried the stone to its place. The Prophet then picked up the stone and placed it on the wall of the Kaaba.

        Since the tribe of Quraish did not have sufficient funds, this reconstruction did not include the entire foundation of the Kaaba as built by Prophet Ibrahim.
        This is the first time the Kaaba acquired the cubical shape it has now unlike the rectangle shape which it had earlier. The portion of the Kaaba left out is called Hateem now.

        Reconstruction during Sultan Murad Khan's time In the year 1039 Hijri, because of heavy rain, flood and hail, two of the Kaaba's walls fell down. The flood during which this occurred took place on the 19th of Shaban 1039 Hijri which continued constantly, so the water in the Kaaba became almost close to half of its walls, about 10 feet from the ground level.

        On Thursday the 20th of Shaban 1039 Hijri, the eastern and western walls fell down. When flood receded on Friday the 21st of Shaban, the cleanup started.

        A curtain was put up, and the reconstruction started on the 26th of Ramadan.
        The rest of the walls except for the one near the Black Stone, were demolished.

        By the 2nd of Zul-Hijjah 1040 the construction was taking place under the guidance of Sultan Murad Khan, the Ottoman Khalifa. From the point of the Black stone and below, the current construction is the same as that done by Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr.

        On Rajab 28 1377, One historian counted the total stones of the Kaaba and they were 1,614. These stones are of different shapes. But the stones which are inside the outer wall which is visible are not counted in there.

        Reconstruction of the Kaaba In 1996

        A major reconstruction of the Kaaba took place between May 1996 and October 1996. This was after a period of about 400 years (since Sultan Murad Khan's time). During this reconstruction the only original thing left from the Kaaba are the stones. All other material has been replaced including the ceiling and the roof and its wood.

        What is inside the Kaaba?

        Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi is the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He had the opportunity to go inside the Kaaba in October 1998. In an interview with Sound Vision, he described the following features:

        -there are two pillars inside (others report 3 pillars)

        -there is a table on the side to put items like perfume

        -there are two lantern-type lamps hanging from the ceiling

        -the 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

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

        Author : Unknown

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          #5
          Thanks for sharing the information.

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            #6
            ^>^>^there are two pillars inside (others report 3 pillars)

            -there is a table on the side to put items like perfume

            -there are two lantern-type lamps hanging from the ceiling ^>^>^


            Is there a significant reason as to why these peices of furniture are inside the building?

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