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Who Built the Kabah?

“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’”

[al-Baqarah 2:127]

Which was the first masjid on earth?

It was narrated that Abu Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: 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.” 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3186; Muslim, 520. 

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Why do muslims face the Kabah?

The Holy Ka’bah is the qiblah of the Muslims towards which they face in every prayer

“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). And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction”

[al-Baqarah 2:144]

Is the kabah used for any other act of worship?

It is also the place where they perform the rituals of Hajj and ‘Umrah, by circumambulating it

“and circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah)”

[al-Hajj 22:29]

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How does a Muslim make Tawaf around the kabah?

1. Performing seven complete circuits.

If even one step is missing from the seven, then tawaf is not complete.

2.Tawaf should begin from the Black Stone.

3. Tawaf must be done within the confines of al-Masjid al-Haraam.

4. Keeping the Ka‘bah on one’s left.

5. The circuits must be done consecutively.

6. Tawaf should encompass all of the Ka‘bah.

7. Being in a state of purity.

8. He should perform tawaf on foot if he is able to walk.

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