Understanding Islam : The Sacred Mosque in Makkah
There are three Holy sites of Islam that a Muslim is recommended to journey to: the Sacred Mosque in Makkah, the prophet’s Mosque in Al-Madinah and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The virtues of these mosques are stated in the following sayings of the prophet Muhammad:
“Set out deliberately on a journey only to three mosques: this mosque of mine [in Al-Madinah], the Sacred Mosque [in Makkah], and al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem].” (Bukhari and Muslim)
“A prayer in the Sacred Mosque [in Makkah] is worth 100,000 prayers more than in any other mosque, a prayer in my mosque [in Madinah] is worth 1,000 more, and a prayer in Jerusalem [al-Aqsa Mosque] is worth 500.” (Bukhari)
“The first house [of worship] appointed for mankind was that at Bakka [Makkah]; full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings.” (Qur’an 3: 96)
The Holy Mosque in Makkah is built around the Ka’bah, the first house consecrated to the worship of the One True God. The Ka’bah is the simple cube building which is completely empty, raised by prophet Abraham and his son prophet Ishmael on the original foundations laid down by Adam. At the eastern corner of the Ka’bah there is a black stone known as ‘al-Hajar al–Aswad’ which is the only remnant of the original building that was built by prophet Abraham and his son.
The Ka’bah is the direction to which Muslims turn in prayer.
The Ka’bah is the direction to which Muslims turn in prayer. Neither the Ka’bah nor the Black Stone are objects of worship but serve as a focal point that unifies Muslims in worship.
Prophet Mohammed narrated about the Ka’bah: “You are sacred, but the blood of a believer is more sacred to Allah than you.” (Sahih)
Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar
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