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Najiullah
08-26-2006, 09:15 PM


  • The enemies of Islam have tried through the ages and centuries to humiliate the Glorified House. Historic accounts mention that the first person who attempted to demolish the Holy Ka'bah was Tubba' AI-Himairi. He intended to transport the stones of the Holy Ka'bah to Yemen to distract people away from Makkah and bring the economic prosperity and growth to Yemen. Allah, the Almighty, guided him to the right path through two men of knowledge. He then held the Holy Ka'bah in high esteem, and later covered it in silk. (12)
  • The story of the Companions of the Elephant was mentioned in the Holy Qur'an as well as history books. Abraha, the Abyssinian, constructed a building exactly like the Kabah in Yemen, called AIQulais. He spent huge stuns of money in building it, and tried hard to divert people from the Sacred House to his newly-built duplicate. He invaded Makkah with a large army, headed by an elephant at the charge, intending to destroy the Holy Ka'bah, but Allah, the Almighty, made his treacherous plan go astray. He sent against them flocks of birds which struck them with stones of baked clay, making the army "like green blades devoured"
  • The Holy Ka'bah was burnt down during the Quraish era due to a spark that flew from a censer while a woman was perfuming the Holy Ka'bah. The spark hit the curtains of the Holy Ka'bah and burnt all the cloaks (kiswahs) which were piled one on top of the other, as the new kiswah was usually put over the previous old ones. (12)
  • Makkah Al-Mukarramah had the Umm Nahshal flood, due to heavy rains, during the time of Omar Ibn AI-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him). The flood swept away Abraham's Station to the bottom of Makkah, and its original site was completely wiped out. The Station of Abraham (peace be upon him) was then brought back and tied to the curtains of the Holy Ka'bah on the eastern side. This incident was reported to Omar Ibn AI-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), who came as quickly as possible and restored it to its original place, after ascertaining that it was the proper site. He re-inforced its foundations, and it is still the Station's present-day site. (12)
  • The Black Stone was removed several times from its place by Jurhum, Iyad, Al-Amaliqah, Khuza'a and AI-Qaramita. It was taken back after AIQaramita had removed it from its place and kept it with them for a long time. This is one of the miracles of the Black Stone. When Abu Tahir Suleiman Ibn AI-Hasan AI-Qannati came in the pilgrimage season of the year 317 H., he plundered and killed the pilgrims. In addition to that, he took the Black Stone with him to AI-Kufa (in Iraq). The Stone was bought by AI-Mutie Lillah or AIMuqtadir and was restored to its original place in 339 H., forty camels were killed on that occasion. The young camel returning it fattened up by just carrying the Black Stone. They had taken the Black Stone with the purpose of transferring the Holy Ka'bah to Halt. (12, 14, v. 2, p. 313)
  • The worst that happened to the Holy Ka'bah, at the lime of Jahiliyyah, was that a man and a woman committed adultery inside it. They were called Isaf and Naylah. They were turned into stone and then taken out of the Holy Ka'bah, and one of them was put on AI-Safa, the other on AI-Marwa. Later they were converted to idols to be worshipped as instructed by Amr Ibn Lahi AI-Khuzaic. Qusai later put one of them close to the Holy Ka'bah, the other on Zamzam. (14, v. 2, p. 24)
  • The custody of the Ancient House was under the governorship of the tribe of Jurhum. When they neglected the service of the Ancient House, the tribe of Khuza'a defeated them and took over the custody of the Holy Ka'bah.
  • When Quraish demolished the Holy Kabah, to reconstruct it, a dispute arose when the building reached the level of the Black Stone. They differed on the issue of who was eligible to restore the Black Stone to its original place. A civil war was about to break out. Bann Abdul Dar brought a bowl full of blood and all of the tribes inserted their hands in it, which meant that they had made up their minds to fight one another. They were, therefore, called "the Lick of Blood". But Abu Umayya Ibn Al-Mugheera Ibn Abdullah [bit Omar Ibn Mkhzum, their elder, asked Quraish to agree on the judgement of the first person to conic through Bani Shaibah's gate. They all agreed on this suggestion. The first to come through this gate was the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him). This was five years before his mission. He put the Black Stone in the middle of a piece of cloth, and asked a representative of each tribe to hold one of the edges of the cloth and raise it close to its place. Then the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) picked it up with his own noble hands and restored it to its original place. It was a wise. prudent decision that prevented a tierce and destructive civil war.
  • When Quraish would not tolerate the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) any longer, they decided to punish him with what was basically an economic boycott. They wrote a document which called for the boycott of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) and all those who supported him and his family. The document was hung inside the Holy Ka'bah. This boycott lasted for three years until five of the Quraish rejected the boycott question. Abu Talib, the first to be boycotted, asked them to re-read the document because there had been an error in writing and reading it. When the document was brought, they found that white ants had entirely eaten the document except for the Name of Allah. So, the boycott was ended, and the Holy Ka'bah became the home of the white ants up to this day and age. This was an honour given to them.
  • The Holy Ka'bah was struck by catapult fire by AI-Husayn Ibn Numair, the leader of the anny of Yazeed Ibn Muawiyah, during the reign of Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them). A sequence of events led to the total demolition of the Holy Ka'bah in 64 H. Then it was fired on again by catapults by AI-Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf AI-Thaqafi at the end of Dhul Hijjah, 72 H., during the siege of Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them). (14, v. 3, p. 166)
  • The Holy Ka'bah was burnt down to the ground during the era of Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them). He and his companions took refuge in the Holy Ka'bah during the siege by Yazeed Ibn Muawiyah. One of Ibn AI-Zubair's companions lit a fire, a spark flew off and .set alight the kiswah of the Holy Ka'bah. The wooden portions only were burnt because during the era of Quraish. the Holy Ka'bah was constructed in layers of stone alternating with layers of wood. This fire and the stones hurled at the Holy Ka'bah from the catapults outside led to its collapse and necessitated its demolition and reconstruction. (12)
  • Many rains flooded the Holy Ka'bah through its long history. There were about ninety such deluges, which were known by different names, such as Umm Nahshal, AI-Jihaf, AI-Makhbal, Ibn Hanzala, Al-Qanadeel and AI-Khidaiwi, and so on. These downpours were named after persons who had died in them or according to the extent of their force and destruction. Some were also named after an epidemic that prevailed during the time of their occurrence or after the effects they made on the Holy Ka'bah. Also some were known by the name of a distinguished personality that performed Hajj that year. The average time lapse between every flooding was about thirty years. (l4, v. 2, p. 200)
  • The Black Stone was torn apart at the end of Muharram, 1351 H. A man from Afghanistan pulled out a piece of the Black Stone and stole a piece of the curtain of the Holy Ka'bah. He was sentenced to death as a penalty. On 28th Rabic AI-Thani, 1351 H., King Abdul Aziz AI-Saud restored this piece of the Stone to its former place with a special adhesive paste. This was done in the presence of a group of residents and scholars. (13, 14, v. 2, p. 315).
  • Al-Bukhari, Muslim and AI-Nisai reported, on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Holy Ka'bah will be destroyed by Dhul Suwaiqatain towards the end of human existence. Abroad and others related this on the authority of Ibn Omar (may Allah be pleased with them). It was also added that he would plunder its ornaments and steal its kiswah. "It is like I am seeing him in front of me bald. and he is striking the Holy Ka'bah with his mattock or spade". (14, v. 3, p. 244).
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Najiullah
08-26-2006, 09:18 PM
The Black Stone


With regard to the story of the Qaraamitah stealing the Black Stone and keeping it with them for a long time, this is true. Ibn Katheer said, concerning the events of 278 AH:
In this year the Qaraamitah – who are a heretical sect that follows Persian philosophy and believes that Zaradasht and Mazdak, who used to permit forbidden things, are prophets – started their trouble.
As well as that, they blindly follow everyone who speaks falsehood. The group they managed to corrupt the most were the Raafidis because they are the least wise of people. They are also called Ismaa’eelis (Ismailis) because they are named after Ismaa’eel al-A’raj ibn Ja’far al-Saadiq.
They are also called al-Qaraamitah. It was said that they are named after Qarmat ibn al-Ash’ath al-Baqqaar; and it was said that in the beginning their leader used to tell them to pray fifty times a day, so as to distract them from what he was really up to.
What is meant is that this group became active in this year, then things got worse and reached alarming proportions – as we shall see – when they entered al-Masjid al-Haraam and shed the blood of the pilgrims inside the Mosque around the Ka’bah, and they broke the Black Stone and removed it from its position, and took it with them to their homeland in 317 AH, and it stayed with them until 339 AH, so it was absent from its place in the Ka’bah for 22 years. To Allaah we belong and verily unto Him is our return.
Al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah, 11/72, 73

Source: http://www.islamqa.com/index.php?ref=45643&ln=eng&txt=in%20339
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Sweet_Boy
08-26-2006, 09:21 PM
what exactly is adultery i know that some people in tudor times have faced death like henry the 8th second wife anne belin ... or something .. .but what is this :?
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- Qatada -
08-26-2006, 09:37 PM
Originally Posted by Sweet_Boy
what exactly is adultery i know that some people in tudor times have faced death like henry the 8th second wife anne belin ... or something .. .but what is this :?

:salamext:


It's like when a person cheats with their husband or wife.. it's hated in islam, and it's a really big sin.


Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils). (Qur'an 17:32)


PS. Good thread brother Najiullah :)


:wasalamex
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Sweet_Boy
08-26-2006, 09:45 PM
Originally Posted by Fi_Sabilillah
:salamext:


It's like when a person cheats with their husband or wife.. it's hated in islam, and it's a really big sin.


Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils). (Qur'an 17:32)


PS. Good thread brother Najiullah :)


:wasalamex
were these people who commited this muslims or kaffir :rollseyes
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Kittygyal
08-26-2006, 09:48 PM
Originally Posted by Sweet_Boy
were these people who commited this muslims or kaffir :rollseyes

salam.
i think am not 100% sure but i think they were Kaffir :uhwhat
w.salam
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Sweet_Boy
08-26-2006, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by Kittygyal
salam.
i think am not 100% sure but i think they were Kaffir :uhwhat
w.salam
its just sick ................ :cry: and disguisting ... i bet they were kaffir i cant imagine muslims doing that
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Najiullah
08-26-2006, 09:51 PM
Originally Posted by Sweet_Boy
were these people who commited this muslims or kaffir :rollseyes
they were kaffirs, it was at the time of Jahiliyyah, it was before Holy Prophet (Peace and Allahs blessings upon him) means before Islam.
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amirah_87
08-26-2006, 09:53 PM
As salaamu alaykum,

That's a good bunch of Beneficial Information you got there Bro' Najiullah..

JazakAllahu khayr...:thumbs_up
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BlissfullyJaded
08-27-2006, 03:08 AM
:sl:

Excellent topic. Jazakallah khair for sharing. :thumbs_up
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Najiullah
08-27-2006, 02:37 PM
الحجر الأسود
Al-Hajar ul Aswad
(Incidents)



The Black Stone is the stone which is inset into the south-eastern corner of the Holy Ka’bah on the outside, in a setting of silver. It is the starting-point for tawaaf. Currently it is a meter and a half above the ground.
Allaah sent the Black Stone down to earth from Paradise, and it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam turned it black; it will come on the Day of Resurrection with two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak and will testify for those who touched it in truth and sincerity. Touching it, kissing it or pointing to it is the first thing that a person does when he wants to circumambulate the Ka’bah (tawaaf), whether he is doing Hajj or ‘Umrah or a voluntary tawaaf. The Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kissed it, and his ummah followed him in doing so. If a person is unable to kiss it he should touch it with his hand or with something, and then kiss that thing. If he is unable to do that he should point to it with his hand and say Allaahu akbar. Touching the Stone is one of the things by means of which Allaah erases sins.

  1. It was Abraham (peace be upon him) who first fixed the Black Stone in its position. It is a precious stone from Paradise.
  1. When Banu Bakr bin `Abd Manah bin Kinanah and Ghishan bin Khuza`ah forced Jurhum to leave Mecca, `Amr bin Al-Harith bin Mudad Al-Jurhumi buried two golden deer and the Black Stone in the Well of Zamzam. Then, he set forth with the Jurhumi fellows for Yemen.
  1. The Black Stone did not rest for long in the Well of Zamzam. A woman from Khuza`ah led her people to its hiding place, for she had seen Jurhum burying it. They, therefore, restored it to its position. This took place before the construction of Qusaiy bin Kilab.
  1. Under the leadership of Abu Tahir, the Karmathians seized Mecca. They killed seven hundred persons inside the Sanctuary while they were clinging to the Ka`bah. With their bodies Abu Tahir filled Zamzam up and floored the Sacred Mosque and its precincts. Moreover, he usurped the people's wealth, jewels of the Ka`bah and ripped its curtains apart. He shared out the covering of the Ka`bah amongst his followers, practised plunderage, pulled out the Ka`bah door and the golden waterspout. On the seventh of Dhul-Hijjah, 317 A.H. Abu Tahir ordered Ja`afar bin `Ilaj to remove the the Black Stone. That followed committing many atrocities against those who circumambulated the Sacred House, took seclusion for worship, bowed, or prostrated themselves therein [in Prayer]. The Karmathians took the Black Stone to Hajar (their homeland), leaving its place in the Ka`bah empty. The people, seeking blessing, used to put their hands in its empty place until the Black Stone had been restored by Sunbur bin Al-Hasan the Karmathian on Tuesday, the Day of Sacrifice, 339 A.H. Thus, the Stone remained missing for about twenty-two years.
  1. In 363, a Roman approached the Black Stone and hit it violently with an axe which made a scratch that is still apparent therein. He raised his arm to hit it again, but a Yemeni stabbed him.
  1. In the Year 413, the Fatimids sent some of their Egyptian followers who were induced by Al-Hakim Al-`Ubaidi. Among them was a man with reddish-blond hair, well-built and tall. He carried a sword and a crowbar. He hit the Stone thrice and splinters flew. He said, "Until when will that Stone be worshipped? Neither Muhammad nor `Ali can prevent me from what I am doing. I am determined to pull this House down." Whereupon, he was surrounded by the Knights who killed and burnt him together with his supporters."
  1. In 990 A.H., a non-Arab came with a crowbar in his hand and hit the Black Stone. Prince Nasser, however, stabbed him to death.
At the end of Muharram, 1351 A.H., an Afghani came and pulled out a piece of the Stone, stole a piece of the Ka`bah covering and a piece of silver from the Ka`bah ladder. The guards caught him. Then, he has been sentenced to death as punishment. On the 28th of Rabi` I, 1351 A.H., His Majesty King `Abdul-'Aziz bin `Abdul-Rahman Al-Faisal Al-Sa'ud, came from Ta'if to the Sacred Mosque where he re-affixed the piece which had been pulled out by that person. He used a chemical compound mixed with musk and ambergris specially prepared by chemists to affix that piece.
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M2A^AKIB^
08-27-2006, 05:20 PM
2 thumbs up to this topic,
Jazakallah Khair...... didn't know all these stuff.
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Mujahidah4Allah
08-27-2006, 05:33 PM
:sl:

wow sub7anAllah thats great stuff you shared with us bro :D

ma'salamah
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Kittygyal
08-27-2006, 08:57 PM
Originally Posted by Sweet_Boy
its just sick ................ :cry: and disguisting ... i bet they were kaffir i cant imagine muslims doing that

salam.

i know what you mean!!!! :cry:

w.salam
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Sweet_Boy
08-27-2006, 09:02 PM
Originally Posted by Kittygyal
salam.

i know what you mean!!!! :cry:

w.salam
:rollseyes yupppppppp but its good that people have learnt from those mistakes
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Kittygyal
08-27-2006, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by Sweet_Boy
:rollseyes yupppppppp but its good that people have learnt from those mistakes
salam.
very true also thank you Najiullah for the info.
w.salam
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Jayda
08-27-2006, 10:23 PM
I have never heard of the black stone before... why is it important for Muslims? Like why do you believe God sent it in the first place?
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amirah_87
08-28-2006, 12:20 AM
As salaamu alaykum,

Al-Hajr Al-Aswad Info looks good, I was unable to read it though. Would it be possible if you could chang the font-stlye please Akhee!!...

JazaakAllahu Khayran!!

Ps: Sorry!!
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Najiullah
08-28-2006, 12:46 AM
Originally Posted by amirah_87
As salaamu alaykum,

Al-Hajr Al-Aswad Info looks good, I was unable to read it though. Would it be possible if you could chang the font-stlye please Akhee!!...

JazaakAllahu Khayran!!

Ps: Sorry!!
Sister font has been changed . is it ok now?
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Najiullah
08-28-2006, 12:47 AM
Originally Posted by Jayda
I have never heard of the black stone before... why is it important for Muslims? Like why do you believe God sent it in the first place?
Question:
what's the importance of the BlackStone in Kaaba, what does represent ?

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.
There are a number of ahaadeeth etc. about the Black Stone which we will quote for our brother so that he may learn from them.
1. The Black Stone was sent down by Allaah to this earth from Paradise.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Black Stone came down from Paradise.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; al-Nasaa’i, 2935. The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi).
2. The Stone was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the Black Stone came down from Paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; Ahmad, 2792. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, 4/219. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar classed it as qawiy (strong) in Fath al-Baari, 3/462).

(a) Al-Mubaarakfoori said in al-Marqaah: This means, the sins of the sons of Adam who touched the stone, caused it to turn black. The hadeeth should be taken at face value, because there is no reason not to, either narrated in a report or by virtue of common sense.
(Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi, 3/525)
(b) Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: Some heretics tried to criticize this hadeeth by saying: How come the sins of the mushrikeen turned it black and the worship of the people of Tawheed did not make it white?
I answer by quoting what Ibn Qutaybah said: If Allaah had willed, that would have happened. But Allaah has caused it to be the case that black usually changes other colours and its not itself changed, which is the opposite to what happens with white.
(c) Al-Muhibb al-Tabari said: The fact that it is black is a lesson for those who have insight. If sins can have this effect on an inanimate rock, then the effect they have on the heart is greater.
See Fath al-Baari, 3/463
3. The Black Stone will come forth on the Day of Resurrection and will testify in favour of those who touched it in truth.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning the Stone: “By Allaah, Allaah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 961; Ibn Maajah, 2944
This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi, and as qawiy by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, 3/462
(4) Touching, kissing or pointing to the Black Stone – this is the first thing to be done when starting Tawaaf, whether it is for Hajj or ‘Umrah, or voluntary Tawaaf.
It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkaah, he came to the Black Stone and touched it, then he walked to the right of it and ran three times and walked three times [around the Ka’bah].
(narrated by Muslim, 1218).
(5) The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kissed the Black Stone, and his ummah followed his lead in doing so.
It was narrated that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) came to the Black Stone and kissed it, then he said: “I know that you are only a stone which can neither bring benefit nor cause harm. Were it not that I had seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kiss you, I would not have kissed you.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1520; Muslim, 1720)
(6) If a person is unable to kiss the Stone, he should touch it with his hand or something else, then he can kiss the thing with which he touched it.

(a) It was narrated that Naafi’ said: I saw Ibn ‘Umar touch the Stone with his hand then he kissed his hand. I said, I have never ceased to do this since I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) do it.
(Narrated by Muslim, 1268)
(b) It was narrated that Abu Tufayl (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performing Tawaaf around the House, touching the corner [where the Stone is] with a crooked staff which he had with him, then kissing the staff.
(Narrated by Muslim, 1275).
(7) If a person is unable to do the above, then he can point to it with his hand and say “Allaahu akbar”.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performed Tawaaf on his camel, and every time he came to the corner [where the Stone is] he would point to it and say “Allaahu akbar.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4987).
(8) Touching the Stone is one of the things by means of which Allaah expiates for sins
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 959. This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi and as saheeh by al-Haakim (1/664). Al-Dhahabi agreed with him).
It is not permissible for a Muslim to annoy other Muslims at the Stone by hitting or fighting. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that the Stone will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity, which is not the case when a person touches it by disturbing the slaves of Allaah.
And Allaah knows best.

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Jayda
08-28-2006, 12:58 AM
Originally Posted by Najiullah
Question:
what's the importance of the BlackStone in Kaaba, what does represent ?

Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.
There are a number of ahaadeeth etc. about the Black Stone which we will quote for our brother so that he may learn from them.
1. The Black Stone was sent down by Allaah to this earth from Paradise.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Black Stone came down from Paradise.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; al-Nasaa’i, 2935. The hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi).
2. The Stone was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When the Black Stone came down from Paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 877; Ahmad, 2792. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, 4/219. Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar classed it as qawiy (strong) in Fath al-Baari, 3/462).

(a) Al-Mubaarakfoori said in al-Marqaah: This means, the sins of the sons of Adam who touched the stone, caused it to turn black. The hadeeth should be taken at face value, because there is no reason not to, either narrated in a report or by virtue of common sense.
(Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi, 3/525)
(b) Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said: Some heretics tried to criticize this hadeeth by saying: How come the sins of the mushrikeen turned it black and the worship of the people of Tawheed did not make it white?
I answer by quoting what Ibn Qutaybah said: If Allaah had willed, that would have happened. But Allaah has caused it to be the case that black usually changes other colours and its not itself changed, which is the opposite to what happens with white.
(c) Al-Muhibb al-Tabari said: The fact that it is black is a lesson for those who have insight. If sins can have this effect on an inanimate rock, then the effect they have on the heart is greater.
See Fath al-Baari, 3/463
3. The Black Stone will come forth on the Day of Resurrection and will testify in favour of those who touched it in truth.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning the Stone: “By Allaah, Allaah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 961; Ibn Maajah, 2944
This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi, and as qawiy by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, 3/462
(4) Touching, kissing or pointing to the Black Stone – this is the first thing to be done when starting Tawaaf, whether it is for Hajj or ‘Umrah, or voluntary Tawaaf.
It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that when the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkaah, he came to the Black Stone and touched it, then he walked to the right of it and ran three times and walked three times [around the Ka’bah].
(narrated by Muslim, 1218).
(5) The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kissed the Black Stone, and his ummah followed his lead in doing so.
It was narrated that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) came to the Black Stone and kissed it, then he said: “I know that you are only a stone which can neither bring benefit nor cause harm. Were it not that I had seen the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) kiss you, I would not have kissed you.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1520; Muslim, 1720)
(6) If a person is unable to kiss the Stone, he should touch it with his hand or something else, then he can kiss the thing with which he touched it.

(a) It was narrated that Naafi’ said: I saw Ibn ‘Umar touch the Stone with his hand then he kissed his hand. I said, I have never ceased to do this since I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) do it.
(Narrated by Muslim, 1268)
(b) It was narrated that Abu Tufayl (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performing Tawaaf around the House, touching the corner [where the Stone is] with a crooked staff which he had with him, then kissing the staff.
(Narrated by Muslim, 1275).
(7) If a person is unable to do the above, then he can point to it with his hand and say “Allaahu akbar”.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) performed Tawaaf on his camel, and every time he came to the corner [where the Stone is] he would point to it and say “Allaahu akbar.”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4987).
(8) Touching the Stone is one of the things by means of which Allaah expiates for sins
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.”
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 959. This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi and as saheeh by al-Haakim (1/664). Al-Dhahabi agreed with him).
It is not permissible for a Muslim to annoy other Muslims at the Stone by hitting or fighting. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that the Stone will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity, which is not the case when a person touches it by disturbing the slaves of Allaah.
And Allaah knows best.
Gracias! lol... but just so you know im not a brother, im a woman, my name is Annette... i hope you dont mind another question... but what is a haadeeth?
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QuranStudy
08-28-2006, 01:10 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadeeth
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Najiullah
08-28-2006, 11:43 AM
In 1979 on 1 Muharram AH 1400/21 November, the first day of the 15th Islamic century, fanatics led by students of the Theological University of Medina attempt to promote one of their group as Mahdi and thus fulfill a certain prophetic Hadith:
"A man of the people of Medina will go forth, fleeing to Mecca, and certain of the people of Mecca will come to him and will lead him forth against his will and swear fealty to him between the rukn (Black Stone corner of the Kabah) and the Maqam Ibrahim."
They hold the Haram of Mecca against the army for two weeks. Sixty-three of the 300 fanatics are captured alive, the mosque is recovered, and the conspirators are all put to death.


1979: December 4:

One hundred and fifty-three killed and 560 wounded after Saudi security forces and Pakistan's (SSG) advised by French paramilitary unit stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca to rescue pilgrims held hostage by fanatics for about two weeks.


The operation to take back the mosque involved Saudi Commandos and Pakistan's SSG. French commandos were also involved but this was limited to advice and logistics. They were camped in Jeddah and were NOT allowed into Mecca. The forces to go in and fight the rebels were Saudi and PPak (SSG). Syrian commandos were supposedly positioned outside the haram.

Brute force or anything that would damage the sacred sanctury wasn't used and Pak/Saudis were inderstandably very reluctant to fight in the House of Allah. Instead they littered the area with smoke bombs, tear gas and they flooded the basement with boiling water.For several hours they waited till the rebel gunmen literally choked. The SSG and Saudis had sniper teams hiding in nearby buildings and mountains(Jabl-al-Ka'Bah) to slowly take out the gunmen.The whole operation took 10 days or so including when they stormed the area to physically remove the rebels, room by room. 150 rebels were killed and similar number of friendly forces and there was quite a bit of damage done to the mosque too.

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Najiullah
08-28-2006, 06:41 PM
Originally Posted by QuranStudy
JazakALlah for the link bro


Hadith (Arabic: الحديث‎ ​translit: al-ḥadīth) are traditions relating to the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad. Hadith collections are regarded as important tools for determining the Sunnah, or Muslim way of life, by all traditional schools of jurisprudence.
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amirah_87
08-28-2006, 08:54 PM
Originally Posted by Najiullah
Sister font has been changed . is it ok now?
As Salaamu aalykum,

Yeah it's okay...

TabarkAllah you seemed to have gathered alot of good information on the hajr al-aswad...

JazakAllahu khayr Akhee, That was a good read!! :)
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Najiullah
08-30-2006, 07:29 PM
The Index of Some Unusual Anecdotes
About the Holy Ka'bah

  • It is baser than the bargain of Abu Ghabshan." The key of the Holy Ka'bah was in the possession of Abu Ghabshan AI-Ghuzaie. He sold it to Qusai Ibn Kila for a bottle of liquor. This happened while Abu Ghabshan was completely intoxicated with wine. The above saying. "It is baser than the bargain of Abu Ghabshan", was said to refer to this incident. (I I)
  • Mujahid Ibn Jabr Abu AI-Hajjaj Al-Makki, the Sheikh of Qur'anic reciters and interpreters, died in 104 H. He said that, if there was anything that people could not do in worshipping, Ibn Zubair did it. It happened that flooding completely covered up the Sacred House, and due to this people stopped performing tawaf. Ibn AI-Zubair, therefore, circurnambulated the Holy Ka'bah swimming. (12)
  • Al-Jalal AI-Siyouti said that, when Al-Mutie Lillah, the ruler of the time, bought the Black Stone from Abu Tahir AI-Qarmati, Abdullah Ibn Okayym, the narrator, said: "There are two miracles in our stone: it floats on water and it does not heat in fire." A stone was brought. It was perfumed and covered with silk brocade so as to deceive him.
  • When it was put in water, it sank, and when it was exposed to fire, it was about to crack. Another stone was brought and the same thing happened to it. Then the Black Stone was brought and when put in water, it floated, and when exposed to fire, it did not heat. Abdullah then said: "This is our stone." At this, Abu Tahir AI-Qarmati was amazed and asked about the source of the information they uttered. Abdullah replied that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) was reported to have said: "The Black Stone is the right hand of Allah on earth. It comes on the Day of Judgement with a tongue to bear witness for those who kissed it with respect or falsity. It does not sink in water; it does not heat in fire". Abu Tahir then said, "This is a true religion verified by oral and written transmission." (12) This, in fact, means that, if the Black Stone is stolen, the thief cannot counterfeit it.
  • The property of the Holy Ka'bah is called AI-Abrab (The Lightning). Perhaps this may mean that if one encroaches upon this property, one should be punished as quickly as lightning. (12)
  • When the workers of Ibn AI-Zubair used crowbars in digging up the foundations of the Holy Ka'bah, the House moved and the whole of Makkah shook. They found intertwined stones and so they left the foundations as they were. (12. 14, v. 3)
  • When Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) completed the construction of the Holy Ka'bah on the 17th of Rajah, 64 or 65 H., he painted its interior and exterior walls with musk and ambergris. He curtained the inside and outside with raw silk and spread all remaining stones around it. He performed his Umrah from Al-Taniem and asked people to do the same. He asked people to slaughter camels, if they could afford it, as charity in praise and gratitude to Allah, the Almighty. Makkans still perform this particular Umrah in Rajab every year. (12)
  • The first woman to cover the Holy Ka'bah with Kiswah was Umm AI-Abbas Ibn Abdul Muttalib who vowed to do so if she found her lost young son. She made a vow and she fulfilled it when she finally found her son. (l2)
  • When Quraish wanted to pull down the Holy Ka'bah in order to rebuild it, they were faced by a huge snake exposing its fangs. Allah, the Almighty, sent a predatory bird bigger than the eagle which picked up the snake with its talons and threw it towards Ajyad. Quraish were then able to pull down the Holy Ka'bah. (12, 14, v. 3, p. 133)
  • The time lapse between the construction by Abraham (peace be upon him) and the re-construction by Quraish was about 2645 years, and between the renovation by Quraish and Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) was 82 years. The time lapse between the construction by Ibn AI-Zubair and AI-Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf was 10 years, and between the works of AI-Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf and AI-Sultan Murad, 569 years. The time lapse between the construction by Al-Sultan Murad and the comprehensive renovation by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz was 377 years. (13, 14, v. 3, p.241)
  • When Quraish decided to demolish the Holy Ka'bah and reconstruct it, Abu Wahb Ibn Omar Ibn Ayyz Al-Makhzmni, the paternal great-uncle of the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) picked up one of the stones of the Holy Ka'bah. The stone jumped from his hand and returned to its original place. At this point, he asked Quraish to utilize only good, lawful money in constructing the Holy Ka'bah. So, they resolved not to finance the building of the Holy Ka'bah with money obtained from prostitution, usury or ill-gotten gains. After this agreement they continued pulling down the Holy Ka'bah. (13, 14, v. 3, p. 241)
  • Several historical accounts mentioned that, when Quraish demolished the Holy Ka'bah, they came across some inscriptions on stones written in Syriac. A Jew read these inscriptions to them. On one of the stones, the following inscription was found, "I am Allah, the Owner of Bakkah. I created it when I created the Heavens and the Earth, the Moon and the Sun. I surrounded it with seven true believing Angels. It will never vanish until its two mountains vanish. Its Water and Milk will be blessed to its inhabitants". (13 - many references consulted)
  • The two horns of the ram which Abraham (peace be upon him) slaughtered were hung inside the Holy Ka'bah. When Abdullah Ibn At-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) demolished the Holy Ka'bah to rebuild it, the horns disintegrated due to previous damage and age. (13)
  • The Hijir is called Al-Hateem for several reasons, one of which was that the Arabs used to throw on it the clothes they wore during circumambulation and they remained there until the clothes decomposed and fell apart. (13)
  • When Abraham (peace be upon him) finished the construction of the Holy Ka'bah, Gabriel (peace be upon him) instructed him in all the rituals. Then Abraham (peace be upon him) asked people to perform pilgrimage because it is a duty mankind owes to Allah. He made those in the loins of men and the wombs of women hear His call and those unborn responded to Him, all believers, and those destined in the knowledge of Allah will perform Hajj until the Day of Resurrection. (Here I am O Allah, at Your Service). (13 - Fath AI-Bari)
  • Quraish knew that usury was unlawful long before the time of Islamic legislation. On constructing the Holy Ka'bah, they decided not to finance the building with money obtained by unlawful means. Because they were short of lawful money, they preferred to reduce the building area of the Holy Ka'bah.
  • Quraish erected the door of the Holy Ka'bah at such a height that stairs were needed for entering the Sacred House. This was intentionally made to control entry to it. (13 - Sahih Al-Bukhari)
  • Abraham (peace be upon him) had been directed to the location of the Holy Ka'bah by a wind called AISakeena, which was in the form of a winged snake.The wind uncovered the original foundation stones of the first Sacred House. Abraham and his son (peace be upon them) dug to the level of those foundations and then raised the building. (13, 14, v. 3) Abraham (peace be upon him) did not fix the door of the Holy Ka'bah in the middle of the eastern wall but fixed it close to the corner so that a place for supplication might exist between them. (14, v. 3, p. 44)
  • When Al-Hajjaj hit the Holy Ka'bah with stones from the catapults, a groan like that of a sick person was heard when the first stone hit it. (14, v. 3, p. 172)
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Najiullah
08-30-2006, 07:50 PM
The Builders of the Holy Ka'bah



History books mention eleven builders who rebuilt the Sacred House. Some of these views are presumptive while others are indisputable. But among those who were mentioned to have built the Holy Ka'bah are the following:
  1. The Angels (peace be upon them).
  2. Adam (peace be upon him). It was said that it was built by Adam (peace be upon him) assisted by the Angels (peace be upon them).
  3. Seth Ibn Adam (peace be upon them).
  4. Abraham in collaboration with his son Ismail (peace be upon them).
  5. AI-Amaliqah.
  6. Jurhum.
  7. Qusai, the fourth grandfather of Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him).
  8. Quraish. Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) was present during this construction and participated, five years before his mission, by carrying the stones with the help of his uncle AI-Abbas to the site of the building. He also played a wise role in settling who was eligible to put the Black Stone in its place.
  9. Abdullah lbn Al-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) in the year 65 H. This was after the siege of AI-Husayn Ibn Numair, who came with his army on behalf of Yazeed Ibn Muawiyah to wage war against lbn AI-Zubair. He attacked the Holy Ka'bah with catapults, causing its walls to collapse and burn. This necessitated its complete demolition and reconstruction after the withdrawal of Al-Husayn and his army.
  10. AI-Hajjaj in the year 74 H. In fact, the construction by AI-Hajjaj is not considered as a comprehensive addition as it was only the demolition of the additions made by Ibn AI-Zubair.
  11. The Ottoman Sultan, Murad Khan, in the year 1040 H., after most of the sides of the Holy Ka'bah were destroyed as a consequence of heavy rains and torrents which flooded Makkah on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 20th Sha'ban, 1039 H.
Those were the builders of the Holy Ka'bah through history. The main aim and objective of writing this record is to shed light on the architectural setup in the history of the Holy Ka'bah. As previously mentioned, some of the views are presumptive. Our statement is confined to the concise summing up of the history of the construction of the Holy Ka'bah which is historically and lawfully valid. This includes the building by Abraham, in collaboration with his son Ismail (peace be upon them), and the building by Quraish to which Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) contributed when he was thirtyfive years old. Add to this, the building by Abdullah Ibn Al-Zubair, and the demolition of those additions by Al-Hajjaj Ibn Yusuf Al-Thaqafi, and the building by the Ottoman Sultan, Murad Khan in 1040 H. This leads us up to the subject of this great, historical record which is the complete and comprehensive renovations of the edifice of the Holy Ka'bah made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. May Allah prolong his life and bestow upon him good health and success in all his future endeavours.

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Najiullah
08-31-2006, 01:22 AM

The Names of the Holy Ka'bah

Old photograph of the Holy Ka'bah

It has been called the Holy Ka'bah because of its cube shape. This name has been given to it on account of its elevation and projection. It is also called the Ancient House, Al-Bait Al-Haram and Al-Bannia. We swear by the Lord of this Bannia to verify that so and so is genuine. It is further known as Abraham's Building and Qibla because we turn our faces towards it in our prayers. Still, another name is Al-Hamsaa, and Qurai****es were traced back to it and hence known as Al-Hums. Furthermore, it is called the Continuously-Visited House based on two views, one of which refers to the interpretation of the Qur'anic verse: 4 the Continuously-Visited House , and the other view is that there exists in heaven a Sacred House directly above the Holy Ka'bah. (37 p. 126)



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Najiullah
09-01-2006, 06:26 PM
The Index of the Construction of the Holy Ka'bah





Quraish built the Holy Ka'bah to the height of eighteen cubits. They roofed it over, fixed a door on the eastern side and set up a short wall round Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him).
  • The Holy Ka'bah has been built twelve times if we consider the building from the foundations and comprehensive renovations.
  • The Holy Ka'bah was first constructed by the Angels (peace be upon them), then Adam and Seth (peace be upon them). Abraham and Ismail (peace be upon them). Then Al-Amaliqah, Jurhum Quraish. Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubah (may Allah be pleased with them). Then AI-Hajjtrj IN Yusuf AI-Thaqafi. Sultan Wind Khan and, last but not least, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah grant him success).
  • The Angels (peace be upon them) had constructed the Holy Ka'bah to be directly underneath its celestial counter-part, the Most-Frequented House in Heaven.
  • It has been said that Adam (peace be upon him) had constructed the Holy Ka'bah from the stones of five mountains brought by the Angels. The five mountains were: Tor Sina Mountain, Mt. Hira', Tur Zeeta, Mt. Lebanon and AI-Judi. (14, v. 3. p. 14).
  • In addition to the five mountains from which the Holy Ka'bah was constructed, others mentioned in history books are: AI-Jabal AI-Ahmar. Mi. Thabeer, Mi. Radwa and Mt. Warqan. (14, v. 3, p. 44).
  • It was said that the edifice by Adam (peace be upon him) and that of the Angels (peace be upon them) was the same, Adam built it with the aid of the Angels.
  • Abraham and Ismail (peace be upon them) constructed the House over the foundations of Adam as instructed by Allah, the Almighty. (14, v. 3, p. 47).
  • The structure by Abraham (peace be upon him) was in the 'Radhm' form, that is, without mortar or adhesives. He used to build a 'sail' or one row of stones every day. On reaching the site of the Black Stone, he asked Ismail (peace be upon him) to give him a stone to lay as a starting point for the circumambulation then Gabriel brought him the Black Stone, before his son brought one.
  • The general shape of the Holy Ka'bah, constructed by Abraham (peace be upon him), was rectangular and nine cubits high. The eastern side was thirty-two cubits long, thirty-one cubits to the west, twenty cubits to the south and twenty-two cubits to the north. He set two openings for two doors adjacent to the floor, and a pit was dug to be used as a coffer. He did not roof it. In addition, he built a .semi-circular bower on the north side to shelter the sheep of Ismail (peace be upon him). This is what is now called AI-Hijir. (13)
  • The structure by Abraham (peace be upon him) is approximately four thousand years old. (14, v. 3, p. 47)
  • When Quraish decided to reconstruct the Holy Ka'bah after its being burnt and destroyed by rain and floods, illicit earnings were not spent for the work. Because lawful money was insufficient, the building was confined to a small part adjacent to Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him).

  • Quraish divided the Holy Ka'bah by its four sides and each side was further divided into fourths, and each tribe drew lots for their section of the construction.
  • Timber was bought by Quraish from the owners of a Roman ship, wrecked at AI-Shua'iba's port. One of its crew was hired to assist them in rebuilding the Holy Ka'bah in the Syrian fashion. (12)
  • The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) contributed with Quraish to the reconstruction of the Holy Ka'bah. He also settled the dispute that took place on restoring the Black Stone to its original place.
  • Quraish built the Holy Ka'bah to the height of eighteen cubits. They roofed it over, fixed a door on the eastern side and set up a short wall round Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). The interior of the Holy Ka'bah was decorated and an interior staircase was erected as well as six columns to support the ceiling.
  • Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) rebuilt the Holy Kabah after it had been burnt and ruined by catapult-fire in the era of Yazeed Ibn Muawiyah. He reconstructed it in the same style that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) had originally wanted. This was confirmed in a Hadith narrated by A'isha (may Allah be pleased with her). It was cube shaped and constructed on the foundation stones of Abraham (peace be upon him). He set up a door each on the eastern and western sides, in addition, he added three wooden pillars to support the two ceilings, which are extant today. The height was increased to twenty-seven cubits. (12)
  • The work on the Holy Ka'bah by AI-Hajjaj was not one of renovation, but it was a demolition of some of the additions made by Ibn Al-Zubair. He then rebuilt it according to the dimensions of Quraish.
  • The construction by Sultan Murad Khan was started in 1040 H., directly after the Holy Ka'bah was pulled down by the heavy rains and floods in 1039 H., water had reached the middle of its wall. The work took about six months to finish (13). After twenty years, some cracks were visible in the wall of the Holy Ka'bah. Sultan Ahmad Khan then surrounded the Holy Ka'bah with a decorated, gold, metal belt to protect it from further ruin. (14)
  • The most comprehensive, overall renovation of the Holy Ka'bah was made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz (may Allah protect him). This will be dealt with in detail later.

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Najiullah
09-04-2006, 03:40 PM
The Description of the Interior of the Holy Ka'bah


The characteristics of the Holy Ka'bah from within are as follows:

At the Shami Corner, on the right side of the Holy Ka'bah, there is the staircase leading to the roof. It is a rectangular, closed, and windowless room. Its northern and eastern sides are part of the original wall of the Holy Ka'bah, and the stairs are concealed inside the room. It has a door with a special lock and is covered with a beautiful silk curtain inscribed and decorated with gold and silver.

The thickness of the southern wall of the stairs, which includes the door, is 225 centimetres, and the thickness of the western wall is 150 centimetres. If a person ascends the staircase to the roof to the height of two metres, he will find a small door before him and another one to the left. Both of them reach the two ceilings of the Holy Ka'bah. The space between the two ceilings is 120 centimetres. The stairs end at the roof with a skylight where a tight cover is fixed to prevent rain seeping in. This cover is opened when ascending to the roof.

Inside the Holy Ka'bah there are three pillars that support the ceiling. They are made of the finest wood ever known. They were erected by Abdullah Ibn AlZubair (may Allah be pleased with them) more than 1350 years ago. They are brownish-black and the circumference of each pillar is approximately 150 centimetres with a diameter of 44 centimetres. Each one has a square, inscribed wooden base. Between the three pillars there is a hanger holding donations to the Holy Ka'bah.

There is a support beam that extends over the three pillars with both its ends extending to the northern and southern walls. The three pillars are as high as the first ceiling adjacent to the interior of the Holy Ka'bah. They do not extend to the upper ceiling but several beams of wood, one over the other, were put on the top of the three pillars inside the ceilings until they reached the upper ceiling. The pillars support the two ceilings and every pillar has three bands to strengthen it.




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Najiullah
09-12-2006, 09:15 PM
The Index of the Annexes of the Holy Ka'bah
and its Other Aspects


The Corners of the Holy Ka'bah

The Holy Ka'bah bah has four corners in the following order from the starting point of circumambulation: the Black Stone. the Iraqi corner, the Shami corner (sometimes called AI-Maghrabi corner), then the Yemeni corner. The word rukn means the corner of the Black Stone, and the two corners mean the Black Stone and the Yemeni corners. During the time of Abraham (peace be upon him) there was a semi-circle between the Iraqi and Shami corners in the shape of Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). There were four corners during the era of Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them), and they were always touched during circumambulation until his death. The four corners were part of the Holy Ka'bah together with Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). (14, v. 4, p. 121.)
The Skylights of the Holy Ka'bah
There were holes that brought light to the interior of the Holy Ka'bah. Abdullah Ibn At-Zubair fitted four skylights in the roof of the Holy Ka'bah, and another at the gate of the staircase leading to the roof. These skylights had marble frames. and lasted up to the year 843 H., when they were eliminated by AI-Malik AI-Ashraf Bresby in order to protect the Holy Ka'bah from rain. (14, v. 5, p. 38)

The Waterspout of the Holy Ka'bah

The first waterspout was fixed by Quraish when they roofed over the Holy Ka'bah. It was made to drain into Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). Abdullah Ibn AI-Zubair and AI-llajjaj Ibn Yusuf fitted similar waterspouts. AI-Walced Ibn Abdul Malik added some gilded tin plates to it. Caliphs and wealthy Muslims changed the waterspout several times and the last waterspout was presented by Sultan Abdul Majeed Khan in 1273 H. King Saud (may his soul rest in peace) repaired it and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques renovated it. l 1.1. c. 4, p. 85).


Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him)


It is the curved section to the north of the Holy Ka'bah on the side of the waterspout. It is called Al-Hateem because a part of it was demolished when Quraish reduced the area of the House while reconstructing it. It is a marbled area with a wall in the form of a .semi-circle with an eastern and a western opening. It is about one and a half metres high, and has three lanterns for lighting and decoration.




A part of it amounting to three cubits and a hand span is considered as a part of the Holy Ka'bah. It has been renovated more than twenty-five times. It was called the graves of the virgins of Ismail's family. It was said that Ismail (peace be upon him) and his mother Hajir were buried there. It was also said that the spot under the waterspout was a place where supplications were answered. ( 14, v. 3, pp. I 16-122)


AI-Multazam


It is called Al-Muda'a and AI-Mutawwaz. It is the part that lies between the corner of the Black Stone and the door of the Holy Ka'bah. It is the place where Muslims cling to in submissiveness and supplication to Allah, the Almighty. It is said that prayers are answered in this place. (I I. 12)


AI-Mustajar
It is also called AI-Mutawwaz or AI-Mustatjab. It lies between the Yemeni corner and the closed door at the back of the Holy Ka'bah. It is called AI-Multazarn of the elderly of Quraish. It is also a place where supplications are answered by Allah, the Almighty. (I I)


AI-Hateem
Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him) is called AI-Hateem. It also included the area between the Black Stone, Abraham's Station and Zamzam Well. It is the place where sins are forgiven. (1 I )

The Black Stone


This is the site where circumambulation starts, at the south-eastern corner of the Holy Ka'bah. Its origin is the Sapphires of Paradise, its hidden corner is white like the colour of Abrahams Station. It is the place where Muslims repent of their sins and ask Allah's forgiveness. It is a customary practice to touch and kiss it. The Black Stone will be a witness on the Judgement Day to all Muslims who have touched and kissed it in sincerity. It is the spot which has been kissed by the Prophets, Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors. (12, 14, v. 3, pp. 12-31)



The Door of the Holy Ka'bah

In the time of Ibrahim AI-Khalil (peace be upon him), the door of the Holy Ka'bah was just a ductless entry. Asa'd Tubba III, one of the Kings of Yemen, erected a single-paneled door that could be locked and opened. Quraish added a double door. Then it was replaced and often decorated several times through history. It had a special key kept by Bani Shaiba and no other people or tribe can possess it, as instructed by the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him). During the reign of King Saud (may his soul rest in peace), the present dimensions of the door were established: 318 centimetres high, 171 centimetres wide. It is elevated 222 centimetres from the floor of Al-Shadhrwan. (13, 14)


AI-Mea'jan


It is a small pit adjacent to the wall of the Holy Ka'bah on the eastern side between the Iraqi corner and the door of the Holy Ka'bah. It was said to be the site of the location of Abraham's Station. During the reign of Omar IN Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), the temporary site of Abraham's Station was restored to its original place after the flooding of Umm Nahshal. The pit is also the place where the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) performed prayer on the day of the conquest of Makkah, after leaving the Holy Ka'bah. It is also the place where Gabriel said his prayers. It is permanently closed now because people stumbled while performing tawaf around the Holy Ka'bah, but its place was marked by a square of marble in 1377 H. Opposite to it, there is a square piece of marble inscribed in Arabic but difficult to read. It is called the pit, the well, AI-Akhsaf and AI-Ghabghab. (13, 14, v. 4, p. 126)


The Station of Abraham (peace be upon him)

The Station of Abraham (peace be upon him) is considered as one of the appendages of the Holy Ka'bah and the Holy Mosque. It is the stone on which Abraham (peace be upon him) stood while building the Sacred House. His footprints are still visible there. This is one of Allah's permanent, Divine miracles. It is a place of forgiveness of sins for those who say their prayers behind it. The Holy Qur'an says that it should be taken as a place of prayer.




AI-Shadhrwan


It is the skirting round the bottom of the wall of the Holy Ka'bah at the level of the circumambulation. Its base is rounded in marble on three sides except the side of Hijir Ismail (peace be upon him). It is most probably a part of the Holy Ka bah. Rings were fixed on it to tie the cloth of the Holy Ka'bah. It was first constructed by Abdullah Ibn Al-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them) to strengthen the building and prevent water leakage to the foundations. It has been reconstructed and renovated several times. (13, 14)


Mastabat AI-Hirasah


This is the dais of the Holy Ka'bah It has been established next to the Black Stone, with underground air-conditioning. A guard stands on it to oversee people kissing the Black Stone.
The Support Beams Inside the Holy Ka'bah
They are the three wooden pillars that support the two ceilings of the Holy Ka bah. They were erected by Abdullah IN AI-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them). The diameter of each pillar is about one cubit, and the distance between every two pillars is 2.35 metres.

The Pit of the Holy Ka'bah


The pit is situated to the right of the entrance of the Holy Ka'bah. It was three cubits deep. Inside it, Abraham (peace be upon him) deposited all gifts given to the Holy Ka'bah. It remained until the era of Abdullah IN Al-Zubair (may Allah be pleased with them). It was filled in at that time and the coffer of the Holy Ka'bah was transferred to the house of Shaibah Ibn Othman Ibn Abu Talha. The coffer was later replaced by hooks and hangers for the gifts to the Holy Ka'bah.


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