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We have only seen the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Muslim countries praying inside the Holy Kaaba 🕋. Do you know you can also do it?
Praying inside the Holy Kaaba – Hadith 1
Aisha رضي الله عنها said: I liked to enter inside the Holy Kaaba 🕋 and pray there. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ caught me by hand and admitted me to Hijr Ismail or Hateem.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Pray in Hijr Ismail or Hateem when you intend to go inside the Holy Kaaba 🕋, for it is a part of the Holy Kaaba. Your people shortened it when they built the Kaaba, and they took it out of the House.” – Sunan Abi Dawud 2028
Praying inside the Holy Kaaba – Hadith 2
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: If your people, had not been recent converts to Islam, I would have spent the treasure of the Holy Kaaba 🕋 in the way of Allah and would have constructed its door just on the level of the ground and would have encompassed in it the space of Hijr (Hateem). – Sahih Muslim 1333d
How to pray inside the Holy Kaaba?
Hijr Ismail or Hateem was actually part of the Holy Kaaba 🕋 but during reconstruction at the time of Quraish, it was taken out of the Holy Kaaba.
This is the reason, you will always find this place fully crowded as people love to go there to offer 2 rakah of Nafl and pray to Allah.
However, you will find this place empty during the time when Imam is leading the prayer in Masjid al-Haram as you cannot pray a fard Salah inside the Holy Kaaba 🕋 while Imam is behind you.