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Kaaba, Mecca

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.

Muslims used to face Jerusalem in their prayers before Kabah. After the revelation to Muhammad, the direction was changed to face the Kaaba.
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 an 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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  • The importance of this place is matchless. It is the place whose security Allah has taken in his own hand. It is very peaceful place. Where men are not allowed to kill a single bird. The city in...  more »
  • The best place in the world... Once you are here you will forget every thing. All your heart, emotions and all your thinking will be there. May Allah gives that comfortable and peaceful feeling for...  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 »
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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.
  • Mashallah... The best place in this world ever could be this is the world's most purest and holiest place you could visit... Everyone who come here will never have to return disappointed if you have true belief in your heart and Allah never disappoint you he will give you what's best for you because he knows everything better than anyone could..
  • The place to be for every Muslim - my heart reach out to this best place on Earth. Always feel like coming again n again alone & with family. The ultimate soulful place that keeps us all clogged together. Never want to leave & always want to visit feel is always there, no matter we are here numerous times before. Always love to be here repeatedly.
  • The PLACE where every one feels TRUE FEELING of PEACE, SPIRITUALITY and CONTENTMENT. Once you see the KAABA then your eyes don't like any other beauty to see. It is happening with me . All the brothers n sisters who see my these comments, please pray to Allah S.W for me to see the Kaaba again and again.

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