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Some questions you never thought to ask about the Ka’bah


1. Was it always black?
Did you know the Ka’bah was covered in green and white coverings? Throughout our history it was covered in an array of colours. It’s only from the Abbasid period that a black covering in it entirety was adopted.

2. Did it have any windows?
The Ka’bah used to have two doors; one for entering and the other for exiting. It also had a window on one of its sides.
The current Ka’bah only has a single door, and no windows.

3. When is the door to the Ka’bah open?
The Ka’bah used to be open twice a week. People would enter and pray therein. However, it is now opened only two times of the year for dignitaries and guests, and perhaps for the occasional cleaning.
Watch the doors of the Ka’bah being opened:

4. What’s inside the Ka’bah?
Okay, this is a common question. It is an empty chamber with a few pillars. The entrance door is called Bab al-Tawbah (Door of Tawbah) because fixed onto it are plaques with verses from Surah Tawbah.
Videos depicting the insides of the Ka’bah:

Note: The hatim is part of the Ka’bah. The hatim is a semi-circular wall opposite, but not physically connected to, the north-west wall of the Ka’bah. It is composed of white marble. At one point in time the space lying between the hatim and the Ka’bah belonged to the Ka’bah itself, and for this reason it is not entered during the tawaf. At least many of us can say we’ve been in the Ka’bah… smile

5. The Black Stone is broken?
The Black Stone is surrounded by a manufactured silver casing because it is broken.
Historians differed as to its cause. However, many agree that it was most damaged in the middle ages by an extreme heretical Ismaili group from Bahrain called the Qarmatians who had declared that the Hajj was an act of superstition. They decided to make their point by killing tens of thousands of hujjaj and dumping their bodies in the well of Zamzam.
As if this act of treachery was not enough, these devils took the Black Stone to the East of Arabia and then Kufa in Iraq where they held it ransom until they were forced to return it by the Abbasid Caliph. When they returned it, it was in pieces and the only way to keep them together was by encasing them in a silver casing. Some historians narrate that there are still some missing pieces of the stone floating around.

Drinking Zamzam is Worship


Drinking Zamzam is an ‘ibadah (act of worship). It is a means of seeking closeness to Allah.
The Prophet salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The water of Zamzam is for whatever it is drunk for.” Reported by Ibn Majah.
Our righteous predecessors would act upon this hadith verbatim:
– Ibn ‘Abbas drank from the water of Zamzam and he said, “O Allah, I ask you for beneficial knowledge, plentiful provision and healing from every disease.”
– Al-Humaydi said, “We were with Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, and he told us the hadith about the water of Zamzam being drunk for whatever purpose it is drunk for. A man got up and left the gathering and then returned and said, ‘O Abu Muhammad, is the hadith which you told us about the water of Zamzam sahih?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ The man said, ‘Just now I drank a bucket of Zamzam so that you would tell me one hundred hadiths.’ Sufyan said, ‘Sit down,’ so he sat down and he told him one hundred hadiths.”
– Ibn al-Qayyim once said, “Myself and others tried seeking healing with Zamzam water and saw wondrous things. I sought healing with it from a number of illnesses, and I was healed by the permission of Allah. I saw someone who nourished himself with it for a number of days, half a month or more, and he did not feel hunger…” [Zad al-Ma’ad]
– The scholars say it is sunnah to drink one’s fill of Zamzam. Abu Dharr once stayed near the Ka’bah and its coverings for forty days and forty nights with no food or drink other than Zamzam. When asked by the Prophet as to how he nourished himself, he answered, “I have had nothing but Zamzam water, and I have gotten so fat that I have folds of fat on my stomach. I do not feel any of the tiredness or weakness of hunger and I have not become thin.” The Prophet said: “Verily, it is blessed, it is food that nourishes.” Other narrations include, “… and a healing for sickness.” Reported by Muslim and others.
What would you intend or make du’a for when drinking Zamzam?