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The story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) building the Ka’aba

As Muslims, the The Ka’aba is central to a large part of our faith. As the first House of Worship, it is fundamental to Hajj and to our history as Muslims. It’s also the qibla (direction) towards which we turn towards in prayer five times a day. But that’s not all. Did you know that the Ka’aba itself was built by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son Ismail (AS)?

Commanded by Allah (SWT), Prophet Ibrahim (AS) first built the Ka’aba:

“And remember Ibrahim and Ismail raised the foundations of the House (With this prayer): “Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us: For Thou art the All-Hearing, the All-knowing.”

Quran, 2:127

When it was first built, it was a simple rectangular structure with no roof.

The Quraysh tribe who ruled Makkah then re-built the Ka’aba in 608 CE with wood and stone.

When Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was then forced out of Makkah in 620 CE, upon his return in 629/30 CE, he removed the idols housed in the Ka’aba, however keeping the Black Stone inside that was given to Prophet Ibrahim by the Angel Jibreel.

When Prophet Muhammad made his final pilgrimage in 632 CE, the final steps of Hajj were then established. Alhamdulillah!

Every day we pray facing the direction of Makkah and if we’re fortunate enough to undertake Hajj, we make tawaf around the Ka’aba.

During Eid al-Adha when we mark the end of Hajj and make our sacrifice (Qurbani) for the sake of Allah (SWT), we replicate the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), ready to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS) for the sake of Allah.

By giving Qurbani, we follow in the footsteps of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and remember his devotion to Allah (SWT). Don’t forget to make your sacrifice and give your Qurbani in time for Eid!

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