The Holy Kaaba is the most important structure in Islam. It is the most blessed mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Muslims around the world face towards Kaaba five times a day in prayers. This is called Qibla. Muslims from all over the world, visit the Kaaba once a year to perform Hajj. It is necessary for all Muslims to perform Hajj once in a lifetime. The Kaaba is a cubical-shaped construction made of granite, bordered by Al-Masjid Al-Haram (Holy Mosque). It is the largest Mosque in the world. The Zamzam well and hills of Safa and Marwa are near the Kaaba.[irp]
On the southeast corner of the Kaaba, the Black stone is located. The inside of the Kaba is empty. The interior floor is made of marble and limestone. The walls are covered with tiles. There is white marble covering half of the roof, with dark trimmings along the floor. The outside is covered by a black silk cloth, called Kiswah embroidered in gold with Quranic verses, which is replaced annually. EIGHT pieces of alabaster can be seen on the right door of the Holy Kaaba gutter. Today, we are going to list down 5 Facts everyone should know about Alabaster. Do you know, around 200 years ago, these marbles were stolen? Recommended: 10 Amazing facts about the Interior of the Holy Kaaba in Makkah
1-It is one of the rarest types of marble in the world known as “Mary Stone,” distinguished by a yellowish-brown color, and it is said to be 807 years old.
2-The Caliph Abu Jafar Al Mansur gifted these alabaster marble pieces when he re-established the circumambulation terrace of the Grand Mosque in the year 631; the date was recorded under a blue colored stone below one of the rare pieces of marble. The details were explained to Al Arabiya by Mohi Eddine Al Hashemi, an investigator in the Management of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
3-The biggest piece is 33 cm in length and 21 cm in width. The pieces are attractive and show interesting dedication.
4-The eight marbles were placed in a low place far from the circumambulation terrace and opposed to the area of the eight marbles, the place where Hazrat Jabraeel (A.S) taught Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) how to pray.
5-In 1213 (Hijri), the marbles were stolen. They were later found in near a dead body of a man. They were put back to their original spot in 1377 (Hijri). Reported in an English Saudi newspaper.[irp]
There is a golden door called the Babut Taubah and its meaning is “Door of Apology”. It lies on the north-east wall of the Kaaba which acts as a front wall. The entrance door is 7ft above the ground. There is a wooden staircase supported by wheels, located in the mosque. Both the roof and ceiling are made of stainless steel-capped Teak wood. There is a golden spout on the top of Kaaba from where rainwater falls. It is ordinarily known as Mezaab-e-Rahmat, which was built in 1627 along with a Gutter. The gutter is added to protect the foundation from groundwater. Recommended: 6 Lesser Known facts about Meezab-al-Rahmah of Kaaba
Source: Saudi Gazette