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The Kaba: Its Size and History

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    The Kaba: Its Size and History


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

    * The current height of the Kaba is 39 feet, 6 inches and total size
    comes to 627 square feet.
    * The inside room of the Kaba is 13X9 meters. The Kaba'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 Kaba was reconstructed as recently as close to four
    years ago?
    Did you know that the Kaba 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 Kaba many
    are unaware of.

    The other names of the Kaba

    Literally, Kaba in Arabic means a high place with respect and
    prestige. The word Kaba 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

    The Kaba has been reconstructed up to 12 times

    Scholars and historians say that the Kaba has been reconstructed
    between five to 12 times.
    The very first construction of the Kaba 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 Kaba.

    The measurements of the Kaba'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.

    What is inside the Kaba?

    Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi is the president of the Islamic Society of North
    America(ISNA). He had the opportunity to go inside the Kaba 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 Kaba were covered with some kind of
    curtain with the Kalima written on it

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    Thx for sharing ...

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      thank for sharing!
      very interesting!!!


        uss ke aur mere beech ka sufur...


          thanx for sharing


            good information. thanks for posting.

            [This message has been edited by cool down (edited March 07, 2002).]


              thanks for posting, it was new info for me and many of us

              Jazak'm Khair



                thanx 4 posting te sharing kaki-S

                God bless u all...


                Ai khuda jazba-e-ehsaas na bakhsha hota...
                Acha hota ager pather ka tarasha hota...
                Waja-e-tehQeer hon insanon mein insan ho ker...
                Pather ka hota to inhe insanon ne pooja hota...


                  I cant imagine what it must feel like to be in the presence of such a place. I mean it must be the most amazing feeling to touch it, to know that your are standing on the spot where Prophets had once stood. What a beutiful feeling. And to be inside, what an honor... Thanks for sharing


                    But have you read the Chapter Genesis 16~27..? There it talks about Prophet Abraham building the Kaba along with Isac. I am trying to study this. I mean it says "Thy only son, Isaac." And When Prophet Isaac came in this world, he wasnt alone. Ismael was born 13 years prior to him. I mean the words are very confusing. U can even sense the change of words in the Bible if you pay close attention.

                    If anyone would like to discuss this and research with me, please send me an email at [email protected]

                    Dont tell your God how big your problem is.. Tell your problem how big your God is!
                    Jazak allah khair


                      Well salma to all first,
                      many islamic scholors also believed that it was Ishaq(AS) and not Isma'il (AS) who was about to be sacrificed. It has been a debatable incident for uite a long time now as well. The jews believe it wass ISHAQ (AS) as he was a prophet, and since Isma'il(AS) was not a prophet (although born Long time earlier), many Islamic scholors say it was ISHAQ(AS).

                      Whats ur opinion guys???

                      [This message has been edited by reza khan (edited March 09, 2002).]


                        thanks Sadiaa for the info. I really enjoyed reading the description from Dr. M Siddiqui.


                          Originally posted by reza khan:
                          The jews believe it wass ISHAQ (AS) as he was a prophet, and since Isma'il(AS) was not a prophet (although born Long time earlier), many Islamic scholors say it was ISHAQ(AS).

                          Whats ur opinion guys???
                          I will have to correct you there. No Jew or Christian can deny that Prophet Ishmael was a Prophet. Because it is in the bible stating that "And I(God) will make him(Ishmael) into a big nation of his own" This is also from Genesis. So there was a covernent and if Prophet Ishmael was not a Prophet, God would not have bothered to make this covernent.

                          Dont tell your God how big your problem is.. Tell your problem how big your God is!
                          Jazak allah khair


                            salam to all,
                            well holysaint, it says in bible bout him having a nation of his own, but was he a prophet, like moses(AS) or Ishaq(AS) or OUR beloved Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)?


                              Bedouin conquest of Mecca by the tribe of the Quraysh around 500 AD. Mecca had already become a religious center of Arabic culture as its name suggestsone possible derivation of the name, "Mecca," is the word, "makorba," or "temple." The religion of the pre-Islamic Arabs was a mixture of Bedouin polytheism, Judaism, and a little bit of Christianity. The pre-Islamic Arabs worshipped three goddesses, al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat, who were all daughters of one god, Allahthis one god was probably derived from the monotheistic religions of Judaism and Christianity. Mecca was the center of this religion with its Ka'ba, or "Cube," which served as the temple for the religion.