Exactly what is inside the Ka’bah ?

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A few weeks ago, new images were released showing the inside of the Holy Ka’bah in Masjid Al Haram for the first time in over a year, detailing the interior of the Sacred House.

But what exactly is inside the Ka’bah?

1) Firstly, the door of the Holy Ka’bah is made of 280kg of pure gold, designed and recast in the era of King Khalid in the late 1970s. The door is complete with Quranic verses and glorification of Allah, carved in the double doors.

2) The door of the Ka’bah is locked using a padlock & this key of the Ka’bah, in the hands of the deputy Guardian of the Holy Ka’bah, Sheikh Abdul Malik bin Taha Al Shaibi, assistant to the Chief, Sheikh Salih Al Shaibi.

3) Bab Al Tawbah … the door that leads to the roof of the Ka’bah, made of gold and has a separate key.

The inscription on its left is a marble plaque outlining the door construction during the era of King Khalid. There are 10 inscribed marble stones from different eras.

4) The hangings in the Ka’bah are gifts which became its property. These includes utensils made of gold & silver, plates inlaid with sapphires and pearls, jewels, precious stones, and so forth, gifted by Kings, Princes and people over many centuries.

5) The interior walls are made of marble with green detailing. It is worth noting much of this was designed in the era of King Fahd in 1996, along with the marble ceiling and 3 burgundy pillars made of Burmese teak wood

6) On the marble floor of the Ka’bah marks a prayer spot. It’s believed to be the place where the Prophet (ﷺ) prayed after entering the Ka’bah on the day of the conquest of Makkah.

One can pray in any direction inside the Ka’bah.

7) Al Multazam is the place between the Black stone and the Ka’bah door and it is approximately two metres long. Ibn Abbas (R.A) narrated that it is a place where Duas are answered.

The plaque seen in the image details maintainance work of King Salman in 2019.

8) Between the two pillars is a cupboard used to store oud perfume and items used for the Ka’bah wash ceremony.

A green cloth is attached on the higher walls and ceiling of the interior which holds Arabic inscriptions.

  • Credit: Haramain Archive
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