12 Importance of Kaaba in Islam
Kaaba is in Mecca. It is a holy place for Moslems in the world. It has also some importance as the explanation in Qur’an and Al Hadith. Every year, Moslems come to Kaaba together. They do Hajj or Umrah. So in this chance, this article will discuss about the importance of Kaaba in Islam. Please see the explanation below.
- It is the first house of worship
Ali radhiyallahu anhu narrated that the first house of worship is Kaaba. And companions narrated that before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala was created earth, this place was liked a scum on the water, then it was shared to all of earth parts and earth was created from it. (The book of Durrul-Mantsur). As it is also explained in Qur’an Surah Ali Imran verse 96, which reads :
إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ
“Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.”
- There is the grave of Abraham
The grave of Abraham is a stepping stone of Ibrahim. The Prophet Abraham ‘alaihi sallam used it when he was building Kaaba and until now his footprints is still looked clearly. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says,
فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّـنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ
“In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham.” (Q.S. Ali Imran : 97)
- It is a haram land
Kaaba (Mecca) is a haram land. Every body are forbidden to kill and shed the blood each other. So if someone who will be punished qishos come to that haram land, then the punishment will not be done, except he has been out from haram land. Besides that, it is a safe place. If someone do prayers, fasting, zakat and other good deeds. He will avoid from the slander of Dajjal because the slander of Dajjal never come to this place. Baitullah is the last place that will be destroyed in the Doomsday later.
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says that,
وَمَن دَخَلَهُ كَانَ آمِنًا
“And whoever enters it shall be safe.” (Q.S. Ali Imran : 97)
- It is a gathering place
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala says,
وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْناً وَاتَّخِذُواْ مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَن طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ
“And [mention] when We made the House a place of return for the people and [a place of] security.” (Q.S. Al-Baqarah : 125)
If someone has done Hajj and Umrah, then he really wants to be back to Baitullah and he will always miss Kaaba in his heart. Moreover if he knows that in this place one goodness is equal to one thousand goodness, he will really miss Kaaba so much.
- There is no better place than it
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala commanded the Prophet Abraham a.s. to build Kaaba. He was helped by the Prophet Ishmael a.s. Kaaba was also designed by Jibril. So that, there is no better place than it. It is explained in Qur’an Surah Al-Baqarah verse 127, which reads :
وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُ رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], “Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.”
- It is the center of worship for human
Kaaba is the center of worship for human. So that, Moslems should face Kaaba when they are doing prayers. Every business in the world also centralize in Kaaba. For example, The Doomsday will never happen if before Hajar Aswad and the grave of Abraham are lifted. Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Multiply thawaf in Baitullah because it had fallen twice, later while it breaks for the third times, then he will be lifted to the sky.”
- There is Hajar Aswad
Hajar Aswad is also called as the pillar of Aswad or black stone. It is viewed as the most important angle and it is greater in the side of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala because it has a very special value. The Jamaah of Hajj or Umrah usually kiss and wipe Hajar Aswad because it is the best place to ask forgiveness and pray to Allah Ta’ala. See also How to get sins forgiven in Islam.
- The pillar of Yamani
There is also the pillar of Yamani that no less special with the pillar of Aswad. The pillar of Yamani is parallel with Hajar Aswad. In this side, every Jamaah who do Tawaf should greet or wipe it with right hand or wave their hand to this side by saying “Bismillahi Wallahu Akbar.”
Based on the narration of Ibn Abbas r.a., Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sllam only greeted Hajar Aswad and the pillar of Yamani. While Ibn Umar r.a. heard Rasulullah saw said, “Indeed wipe both of them, they are Hajar Aswad and the pillar of Yamani can erase sins.”
- There are the pillar of Iraqi and Syami
There are another pillar of Kaaba. They are the pillar of Iraqi and Syami. Both of these pillars are also called as “The two pillar of Syamiani” because their position face to Syam that now it contents of all countries in the east beach of Mediterranean, such as Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon.
- Many mercy in there
There is a hadith that explain about the mercy from Allah Ta’ala if we are in Kaaba. The hadith is
“From Abdullah bin Abbas Radiallahu Anhuma he said : “Rasulullah saw said, indeed in every days, day and night, one hundred and twenty mercy of Allah SWT descend upon this Kaaba. The sixty of them are for people who do thawaf, the forty are for people who do prayer and the twenty are for people who see it.” (Ibn Ady and Bayhaqi, Durrul Mantsur)
- Hajar Aswad in Kaaba will be a witness in the Doomsday
When we do Hajj or Umrah in Mecca, we should kiss Hajar Aswad. Because it can be a witness for us in the Doomsday later. It is as mentioned in the hadith below,
“Rasulullah saw swore and said, in the Doomsday later, Allah Ta’ala will awake Hajar Aswad in the condition, it has an eye to see, and it has a mouth to talk and it will give its testimony for people who have kissed it with the full of haq.”
- There are seven thousands angels in Kaaba
Abu Hurairah r.a. narrated that Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “Seven thousands angels will be assigned to take care the pillar of Yamani. Whoever come to there and read dua : “O Allah, I ask forgiveness to you and ‘afiat in the world and the Hereafter. O our Rabb, give us goodness in the world and goodness in the Hereafter and take care us from the torment of the Underworld.” Then the angels will say, Aamiin.” (Ibn Majah, Misykat)
Thus the article about importance of Kaaba in Islam. Hopefully, we are be given a chance to visit Kaaba. So, we can complete the pillar of Islam. Amen.
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