8 facts of Maqam-e-Ibrahim

Maqam e Ibrahim مَّقَامُ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ is a stone with the footprint of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام placed in Masjid al-Haram, Makkah near the Holy Kaaba 🕋.

Heavenly Stone

During the construction of the upper level of the Kaaba, Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام stood upon an extensive stone piece which was moved along with him as each area was finished. 

Maqam Ibrahim was sent from heaven to Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام along with 2 more stones. One is Hajr-e-Aswad, and the second is the stone of children of Israel.


Maqam-e-Ibrahim in Quran

Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Bakkah [Makkah] – blessed and a guide for the worlds. In it are clear signs [such as] the Maqam-e-Ibrahim. – Ali ‘Imran 3:96-97

Allah says, “And take you (people) the Maqam Ibrahim as a place of prayer.” – Al-Baqarah 2:125

Footprints of Prophet Ibrahim

Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام footprints are on a stone located at the eastern side of Kaaba i.e. Maqam e Ibrahim. It is just in front of the door of the Holy Kaaba between Hajr-e-Aswad and the Iraqi corner.

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Foot size of Prophet Ibrahim

The stone inside the casing is square-shaped and measures 40 cm (16 in) in length and width, and 20 cm (7.9 in) in height.

The depth of Prophet Ibrahim’s عليه السلام footprint is one foot is 10 cm and the second is 9 cm. 

prophet ibrahim footprint size

Prophet Ibrahim height

Due to the following 3 reasons, we believe that the height of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام was between 15 to 20 feet.

  • The height of the Holy Kaaba 🕋 is 50 feet and he needed a stone to construct it.
  • The top of the door of the Holy Kaaba 🕋 is 18 feet above the ground.
  • The foot size of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام was around 16.

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Two Nafal for Tawaf

Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام offered two rakat prayers after the completion of the construction of the Holy Kaaba 🕋 at the place where Maqam Ibrahim stands today. Allah liked it so much that He made it Wajib to perform 2 Nafal after Tawaf behind it.

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Maqam Ibrahim was moved

During Umar bin Al-Khattab’s رضي الله عنه reign, he shifted the place and moved the Maqam more towards the east, so that the individuals who try to perform Tawaaf are able to perform it conveniently, without being in the way of individuals who pray after completing their Tawaaf next to Maqam-e-Ibrahim.

Prophet Ibrahim height

Acceptance of Dua

Maqam Ibrahim is one of the 8 places in Holy Kaaba where dua is accepted.

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