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Kaaba, Mecca

#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Makkah Province
Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
The Kaaba (Arabic: ٱلْكَعْبَة‎, romanized: al-Kaʿbah, lit. 'The Cube', Arabic pronunciation: [kaʕ.bah]), also spelled Ka'bah or Kabah, sometimes referred to as al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah (Arabic: ٱلْكَعْبَة ٱلْمُشَرَّفَة‎, romanized: al-Kaʿbah al-Musharrafah, lit. 'Honored Ka'bah'), is a building at the center of Islam's most important mosque, the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam. It is considered by Muslims to be the Bayt Allah (Arabic: بَيْت ٱللَّٰه‎, lit. 'House of God') and is the qibla (Arabic: قِبْلَة‎, direction of prayer) for Muslims around the world when performing salah.

In early Islam, Muslims faced in the general direction of Jerusalem as the qibla in their prayers before changing the direction to face the Kaaba, believed by Muslims to be a result of a Quranic verse revelation to Muhammad.
The Kaaba is believed by Muslims to have been rebuilt several times throughout history, most famously by Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son Ismail (Ishmael), when he returned to the valley of Mecca several years after leaving his wife Hajar (Hagar) and Ismail there upon Allah's command. Circling the Kaaba seven times counterclockwise, known as Tawaf (Arabic: طواف‎, romanized: tawaaf), is a Fard (obligatory) rite for the completion of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The area around the Kaaba on which pilgrims circumambulate is called the Mataaf.

The Kaaba and the Mataaf are surrounded by pilgrims every day of the Islamic year, except the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, known as the Day of Arafah, on which the cloth covering the structure, known as the Kiswah (Arabic: كسوة‎, romanized: Kiswah, lit. 'Cloth') is changed. However, the most significant increase in their numbers is during Ramadan and the Hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather for Tawaf. According to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, 6,791,100 pilgrims arrived for the Umrah pilgrimage in the Islamic year 1439 AH, a 3.6% increase from the previous year, with 2,489,406 others arriving for the 1440 AH Hajj.
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  • In 2019 i visit the holy place of Mecca. All Muslims dream of to going the meca. Mecca is the place where the Islamic religion started. It is where the Prophet Muhammad was born and received the...  more »
  • The Authorities had done a great job at planning and implementing a system which allows pilgrims to perform umrah safely during the pandemic. everything was carefully planned and our umrah went very.....  more »
  • 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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