What is the Kaaba?

What is the Kaaba?

The Kaaba, meaning cube in Arabic, is a square building elegantly draped in a silk and cotton veil. Located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is the holiest shrine in Islam.

What does Kaba stand for?

The Kaaba ( Arabic: ٱلْـكَـعْـبَـة ‎ al-kaʿbah IPA: [alˈkaʕba], “The Cube”), also referred as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah (Arabic: ٱلْـكَـعْـبَـة الْـمُـشَـرًّفَـة ‎, the Holy Ka’bah), is a building at the center of Islam ‘s most important mosque, that is Al-Masjid Al-Ḥarām (Arabic: ٱلْـمَـسْـجِـد الْـحَـرَام ‎, The Sacred Mosque ),…

What is the Levantine corner of the Kaaba?

‘The Levantine Corner’), also known as Rukn-e-Shami, is the corner of the Kaaba facing very slightly northwest from the center of the Kaaba. The Rukn al-‘Iraqi ( Arabic: الركن العراقي ‎, romanized : ar-Rukn al-‘Iraqi, lit. ‘The Iraqi Corner’), is the corner that faces slightly northeast from the center of the Kaaba.

What happened to the Kaaba in Islam?

In 693 CE, ‘Abd al-Malik had the remnants of al-Zubayr’s Kaaba razed, and rebuilt it on the foundations set by the Quraysh. The Kaaba returned to the cube shape it had taken during Muhammad’s time.

What is the shadherwaan of the Kaaba?

This slant structure, covering three sides of the Kaaba, is known as the Shadherwaan ( Arabic: شاذروان ‎) and was added in 1627 along with the Mīzāb al-Raḥmah to protect the foundation from rainwater. The Hatīm (also romanized as hateem) and also known as the Hijr Ismail, is a low wall that was part of the original Kaaba.

What are the dimensions of the Kaaba in Mecca?

It is approximately 13.1 m (43 ft) high (some claim 12.03 m (39.5 ft)), with sides measuring 11.03 m (36.2 ft) by 12.86 m (42.2 ft). Inside the Kaaba, the floor is made of marble and limestone. The interior walls, measuring 13 m (43 ft) by 9 m (30 ft), are clad with tiled, white marble halfway to the roof,…

What direction do Muslims pray at the Kaaba?

During daily prayers, Muslims face toward the Ka’aba from wherever they are in the world (this is known as “facing the qiblah”). During the annual pilgrimage (Hajj), Muslims walk around the Ka’aba in a counter-clockwise direction (a ritual known as tawaf).