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    What does Kaba Look like inside?

    I understand 'Kaba' (I hope spelling it right) is very sacred for Muslims.
    I also read that before it existed before Islam and used to contain Idols.
    Is all that true?
    What is it's history?

    #2
    Originally posted by Andhra:
    I understand 'Kaba' is very sacred for Muslims.
    Yes, but not as a symbol.
    I read that before it existed before Islam and used to contain Idols.
    It was built by Ibrahim (alaihe salam) with his son Ismail (alaihe salam), which was few thousand years before Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was born. The word used in the Qur'an when Allah asked them to construct the Ka'abah is 'raise' so it is interpreted that it was already in existence even at the time of Ibrahim (alaihe salam).

    When Ibrahim (alaihe salam) raised it, the area was uninhabited. He prayed to Allah that He should inhabit the area and make it a place for peace. It has subsequently been inhabited and has been a center of religious activity. Before Islam, the followers of Ibrahim (alaihe salam's) sunnah performed the tawaf of the Ka'abah and the ramee between the two hills. Then the people became pagan (idol worshippers), but performed the rituals in the same way, but naked.

    When the Muslims came to Makkah, all pagan worship was discontinued.




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      #3
      I need to start a separate thread.. but let's see if we get any intelligent answers on this one.

      If Abraham built Allah's house in Mecca Saudi Arabia., and all subsequent messengers followed his legacy,...

      There was a time when Muslims prayed facing Jerusalem.

      Why was that?
      JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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        #4
        Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
        If Abraham built Allah's house in Mecca Saudi Arabia., and all subsequent messengers followed his legacy,...
        There was a time when Muslims prayed facing Jerusalem.
        Why was that?
        When Prophet (PBUH) went for Mairaaj, he was given the gift of 5 prayers. I guess, at that time, muslims started praying facing Jerusalem.

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          #5
          hindus circle the temple cloakwise
          and muslims circle kabba anti-clockwise
          is it true?

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            #6
            Originally posted by rvikz:
            hindus circle the temple cloakwise
            and muslims circle kabba anti-clockwise
            is it true?
            YES

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              #7
              Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
              There was a time when Muslims prayed facing Jerusalem.

              Why was that?
              At the time of Prophet (SAWW) there was both Jerusalem (Al-Aqsa) and Mekkah (Ka'aba) which were sacred. Initially muslims were instructed to pray in the direction of Jerusalem, until Allah ordered in the Quran to change the direction.

              Jerusalem is still very sacred to muslims. Many prominent prophets have lived in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa is a very sacred place for people of all faiths, jews, christians and muslims.

              Regarding the question in the title of thread. From inside Ka'aba is just a square room, with prayer mats and some other islamic religious artifacts. This is from someone who once went inside. They open the Ka'aba once or twice a year for cleaning.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Pristine:
                Regarding the question in the title of thread. From inside Ka'aba is just a square room, with prayer mats and some other islamic religious artifacts. This is from someone who once went inside.
                There is nothing inside, now. As artifacts are symbolic, they have been dumped into the sea few years back. As some say that this is from Wahabiism, I appreciate the decision as it obviates the possibility of shirk.


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                  #9
                  My questions is a little unanswered.

                  WHY Jerusalem?

                  IF Saudi ARabia had Allahs House made by Adam, raised by Ibrahim and followed by all messengers.. why pray towards Jerusalem?
                  JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                    #10
                    jerusalem was made by hazrat suleman AS. and the lattest religion from allah started from around the jerusalem (judaism and christianity) so untill a new order was not given, we followed the other people of the book...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by rvikz:
                      hindus circle the temple cloakwise
                      and muslims circle kabba anti-clockwise
                      is it true?
                      But it has no relevance! Clockwise or anti-clockwise, the purpose is different.



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                        #12
                        So Thanday,

                        Solomon followed a different earlier religion in your opinion than Moses and Jesus and Muhammad???
                        JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                          #13
                          The message of the Prophets was all the same. Its only the location and the building they made, on the orders of Allah, which were different.

                          Before Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), the two biggest religions were Judaism (Jews) and Christinity. The prophets were Hazrat Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus) (AS) respectively. And both of them were from the area around Jerusalem. So, muslims initially started praying towards Jerusalem, since that was the most sacred place.

                          However, Ka'aba and Mekkah had its own importance way before Islam. People from all over Arabia used to come and visit Ka'aba and offered gold and silver to the hundreds of gods and idols placed inside. It was a very lucrative phenomenon for the guardians of Ka'aba, Quraish, the family of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), and that is why they were the fiercest opposition to the new religion, Islam. They feared their whole business will go away.

                          [This message has been edited by Pristine (edited November 30, 2001).]

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
                            My questions is a little unanswered.

                            WHY Jerusalem?

                            IF Saudi ARabia had Allahs House made by Adam, raised by Ibrahim and followed by all messengers.. why pray towards Jerusalem?

                            So what is your point now? Was Prophet (PBUH) doing something wrong (Nauzu billah) when he was offering prayers facing Jerusalem ?

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                              #15
                              Let's focus.

                              Allah sent Adam to earth. He CONSTRUCTED a House of Allah.

                              Ibrahim raised it with his son's help and Allah gave him a religion. He prayed for this House to become the focal point for his later generations and make this religion the religion for ALL those that came after him.

                              Subsequently ALL prophets who followed preached the SAME religion... and obviously in doing it were enjoined with praying. They all prayed towards the House of Allah, based on Ibrahim's request to Allah.

                              Sons of Ishmael and Issac were sons of Ibrahim. Moses was from Issac's and Prophet Muhammad from Ishmael's family.

                              So how come initially their generations were 'praying' towards a different location?
                              JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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