THE BLACK BOX IN THE DESERT 2 of 2
“Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-Alameen (the mankind and jinns)” (Q3:96).
Abu Dharr: I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, which mosque was built first on earth?” He said, “Al-Masjid al-Haraam.” I said, “Then which?” He said, “Al-Masjid al-Aqsa.” I asked, “How much time was between them?” He said, “Forty years. So, wherever you are when the time for prayer comes, then pray.” Bukhaari.
It is called house of Allah not because Allah resides in it but because It was the first building on earth dedicated to the worship of the One True God alone. Muslims believe that the Kaaba is the holiest place on earth.
The scholars differed as to who built the Ka’bah. It was said that it was the angels, or Adam (peace be upon him), or Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) – the latter is the correct view because Allaah says :
“And (remember) when Ibraaheem (Abraham) and (his son) Ismaa’eel (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah), (saying), ‘Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower’” [Q2:127]
It is also the place where they perform the rituals of Hajj and ‘Umrah, by circumambulating it, in obedience to the command of Allaah :
“and circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah)”[Q 22:29]
When the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) first came to Madeenah, he used to pray facing towards al-Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), with the Ka’bah behind him and Syria in front of him. But after that he hoped that Allaah would change that, so he started lifting his face towards the heavens, looking for Jibreel to come down with the Revelation telling him to turn towards the Ka’bah, as Allaah says
“Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah)”[Q2:144]. So, Allah commanded him to turn towards al-Masjid al-Haraam.
The obligation of facing the Qiblah is waived for – 1 – a person who is unable to do that, e.g. one who is sick [Q64:16],[Q 2:286]. 2 – a person in a state of intense fear [Q 2:239]. 3 – When offering naafil (supererogatory) prayers when travelling, whether by plane, car or atop a camel. Facing the qiblah is one of the conditions of prayer without which the prayer is not valid, except in the above cases or a person who makes a mistake after doing his best to find out. Food for thought, If the black box & the black stones are actual objects of worship or intermediaries then there would have been no waivers whatsoever.
The Ka’bah also houses the Black Stone on its eastern corner. This is an important Islamic relic which Muslims kiss, touch or point at during their walking around the Ka’bah. Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), the cousin of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam), said about it: It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “When the Black Stone came down from Paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.”(sahih). Al-Muhibb al-Tabari said: The fact that it is black is a lesson for those who have insight. If sins can have this effect on an inanimate rock, then the effect they have on the heart is greater. See Fath al-Baari, 3/463. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said concerning the Stone: “By Allaah, Allaah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”. Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.”. It is not an object of worship.
In summary, every single act of worship in Islam must be directed to God alone, without any intermediary. The greatest sin in Islam is to direct even the tiniest part of worship to other than God. whether a living being, or an inanimate object.
Is the Qiblah of the Muslims when they pray always towards the East? NO. https://islamqa.info/en/115825
Proofs of Ibrahim’s building of the Ka‘bah in the Bible
Must watch: The origin of the black stone & the ka’bah
THE MIRACULOUS KAABA – Why Pray Towards the Kaaba?
Sheikh Salih Al-Maghamsi, Destruction of Kaaba at the End of time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJguHAEaKEs
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