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Kaaba, Mecca

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The Kaaba (Arabic: كَعْبَة‎ kaʿbah IPA: [kaʕ.ba], "Cube"), also referred to as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah (Arabic: ٱلْكَعْبَة ٱلْمُشَرَّفَة‎, lit. 'Honorable Ka'bah'), also spelled Ka'bah, is a building at the center of Islam's most important mosque, Great Mosque of Mecca (Arabic: ٱلْمَسْجِد ٱلْحَرَام‎, lit. 'The Sacred Mosque'), in the Hejazi city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. It is considered by Muslims to be the Bayt Allāh (Arabic: بَيْت ٱللَّٰه‎, "House of God"), and has a similar role to the Tabernacle and Holy of Holies in Judaism. Its location determines the qiblah (Arabic: قِبْلَة‎, direction of prayer). Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performing Salah, the Islamic prayer.


One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim who is able to do so to perform the Hajj (Arabic: حَجّ‎, Pilgrimage) at least once in their lifetime. Multiple parts of the hajj require pilgrims to make Tawaf (Arabic: طَوَاف‎, Circumambulation) seven times counter-clockwise around the Kaaba, the first three times fast, at the edge of the courtyard, and the last four times slowly, nearer the Kaaba. Tawaf is also performed by pilgrims during the ʿUmrah (Arabic: عُمْرَة‎, Lesser Pilgrimage). However, the most significant time is during the hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather to circle the building during a 5-day period. In 2017, the number of pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform hajj was officially reported as 1,752,014 and 600,108 Saudi Arabian residents bringing the total number of pilgrims to 2,352,122. In the 2019 hajj, The Kingdom reported 2,489,406 foreign pilgrims and 634,379 domestic pilgrims (total 3,123,785).
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  • Words cannot describe the feeling one experiences while doing Umrah, and subsequent tawaaf at this holy place. Thousands of pilgrims gather for one purpose : the pleasure of the Almighty. Life...  more »
  • There is no place on this planet like the Kabba, love to just go to the grand Mosque, sit on the forecourt and stare at this beautiful building.  more »
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  • Amazing place of worship. It is very peaceful and quite place if you want it to be or extremely challenging if one wants it that way. I hope the new construction work finishes soon and allow many more people the opportunity to visit this place.
  • 🌸❤️ The greatest place in the whole world. Such am amazing place. Peace is all around you. This place is so blessed with so much love and peace. You feel so close to the One, the Creator. Visit once and you will want to be here rest of your life. Rich and poor, whatever race, we all are equal. Life changing experience، This is the heart of all Muslims around the world. The facilities are improved each season. A well deserved thanks to KSA authority for maintaining this in such a condition, specially during Hajj season.

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