The Kaaba becomes the qibla of more than one billion Muslims every day, becoming a place of Hajj and gathering of Muslims. Kaaba is in the form of a cube or rectangular. This makes it point in all directions, namely east, west, south, and also north.
Allah sanctified Mecca as a form of exaltation of the day of creation of heaven and earth. But how much do you know about the Kaaba? Here are the facts of the Kaaba for Muslims in the world.
- 1 1) Kaaba is the Qibla to Perform Prayer for Every Muslim
- 2 2) Kabah Door Is Opened Only Twice a Year
- 3 3). Kiswah, kaaba covering cloth
- 4 4) Thawaf that never stops
- 5 5) Mecca is at the center of the world
- 6 6) The Floor of the Grand Mosque Is Always in cold temperatures
- 7 7) Aircraft Are Prohibited from Passing Over the Kaaba
1) Kaaba is the Qibla to Perform Prayer for Every Muslim
The Kaaba in Mecca is the center of the Qibla of Muslims to perform prayers. Qibla itself is the direction when Muslims perform prayers. Previously, the direction of the Qibla had changed to Baitul Maqdis or Masjidil Aqsa in Jerusalem and finally re-centered in the Meccan Kaabah.
2) Kabah Door Is Opened Only Twice a Year
The Kaabah is not opened at any time because it prevents the occurrence of unwanted things. Moreover, the number of pilgrims in this century reached millions. It is impossible for the security forces and guards of the Kaaba to maintain the sanctity of the Kaabah.
The opening of the Kaaba door was carried out by two kaaba guards. One person inserted the key and the other pulled the padlock. The padlock is triangular. The door of the Kaaba itself is 2.40 meters long and 1.80 meters wide made of pure gold.
3). Kiswah, kaaba covering cloth
Kiswah is the cloth that covers the Kaaba. Although in general today we see the Kaaba always covered by black kiswah, in the beginning the Kaaba actually has a different color of kiswah.
At the beginning of the Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam used a white cloth to cover the Kaaba. However, during the different caliphs, the color of kiswah also changed to green, red, and white.
But in the end the Abbasid Dynasty decided to use black kiswah to stop the discoloration used. Until now we know the Kaaba with black kiswah.
4) Thawaf that never stops
Have you ever thought that tawaf stops? It is known that a number of pilgrims who perform tawaf in the Kaaba never stop. Tawaf is the activity of circling the Kaabah seven times.
Tawaf is one of the acts of worship performed by Muslims during hajj and Umrah. Tawaf stopped only when it was time to pray. Even though it is rained or flooded, pilgrims still perform tawaf regularly and orderly.
Therein lies the privilege of the Kaaba as the best holy place for prayer, tawaf, and prayer.
5) Mecca is at the center of the world
The Kaaba is the center of the earth. Quoted from the article The Egyptian Scholar of the Sun and Space Reserch Center based in Cairo, published the results of Prof. Hussain Kamel’s research that found a fact that Makkah is the center of the earth.
In his research, he concluded that Makkah’s position was really in the middle of the earth’s plains.
6) The Floor of the Grand Mosque Is Always in cold temperatures
The Grand Mosque has an area of more than 356 thousand square meters that can accommodate more than 900 thousand pilgrims. No wonder, if this mosque is designated as the largest mosque in the world.
Although the center of the mosque is deliberately made open without a roof, but the floor of the mosque still feels cold and cool despite the heat of the sun. This is because the floor of the Grand Mosque uses the best marble imported directly from Thassos, Greece.
Marble installed in the Grand Mosque is the best type in the world because it can dampen the heat that bounces on the floor. This marble is designed to absorb moisture at night and maintain its efficacy during the day despite the heat of the sun.
7) Aircraft Are Prohibited from Passing Over the Kaaba
One of the locations that no-fly zones should not cross is the Kaabah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Quoted from The Islamic Information, a theory shows that there are large magnetic waves radiating over the Kaabah.
However, the theory of magnetic waves above the Kaabah has not been proven with certainty. The opinion was also dismissed by a pilot and observer of Saudi Aviation, Hasan Al-Ghamidi.