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What does this symbol from inside the Kaaba mean?

It's the shahadah written in square Kufic calligraphy. Since the image provided is so blurry, here's a clearer version: The colored arrows on the second image indicate the direction it's supposed to ...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Facing towards Mecca (specifically, the Kaaba) reasonably accurately is one of the conditions for ritual prayers ("salah" - this includes the obligatory five daily prayers, voluntary ritual prayers, ...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Salah (ritual act of worship) is always performed while facing towards the Kaaba (few exceptions in extraordinary circumstances: source). Dua(personal invocations to God) and Zikr(uttering phrases to ...
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How does praying towards Kaabah not amount to Shirk?

In the name of Allah 1 . At first I should say that Tavaf does not mean the worshiping idol. if respecting to something means the idolatry so the ones who respect each other , are the idolater . ...
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Are Mecca and Becca the same places? Same meaning?

The source of the sounds (vocal organ) of the alphabetical letters ‘b’ and ‘m’ is one and the same: the lips. So by the passage of time ‘Makkah’ replaced ‘Bakkah’. It can thus be appreciated that ...
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Is it permissible to build a building taller than Kaaba around it?

According to a logical principle, it is mandatory for Muslims to keep the revere (respect) of Kaaba. Actually whatever leads to disrespect the Kaaba (or to decreases its hugeness,) could be Haram. ...
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How does praying towards Kaabah not amount to Shirk?

The fundamental wisdom that can resolve all such questions (i.e. charges of shirk in cases when certain objects are involved in worship) is that it is in essence impossible to worship Allah without ...
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Forty years between Al-Masjid-ul-Haram and Al-Aqsa?

There's no evidence that Abraham was the first to build the Masjid al-Haram, nor is there proof that Solomon was the first to built the temple. These are merely speculative conclusions. The word "...
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Is it true that the Black Stone was given to Adam to erase his sins?

I doubt this was the case as the verses below indicate that how Adam was forgiven and no mention is made of the black stone in this context: And We said, "O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in ...
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Can anyone provide a reference to the destruction of Kabah?

From Juynboll's Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith, "...on the authority of Ziyad b. Sa'd -- Zuhri -- Sa'id b. al-Musayyab -- Abu Hurayra, who related the Prophet's words: The Ka'ba will be destroyed ...
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Who went around the Kabah naked before Prophet Muhammad forbade it?

This was a custom of the pagans to perform Tawaf around the Kaabah while naked. The verses of the Quran that outlaw this practise include: Quran 7:31 O children of Adam, take your adornment at ...
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Who went around the Kabah naked before Prophet Muhammad forbade it?

The different saying according to Tabari, related to that verse: كانوا يطوفون بالبيت عُراة They (the pagans) used to go around Kabah naked. كان قبيلة من العرب من أهل اليمن يطوفون بالبيت عراة A tribe ...
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Qibla direction

AWW, Allah says in the quran: . So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. (2:144) Thus, we need to face the kaaba. ...
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Is it true that the Black Stone was given to Adam to erase his sins?

There is a hadith with a grade of hassan (good) that stipulates that the black stone descended from Paradise. The hadith was documented in Jāmi' at-Tirmidhi, Hadith 877 and Sunan an-Nasā'i, Hadith ...
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Who built the Kaaba Sharif in Makkah?

The Kaabah has been rebuilt several times through history. At least one of these was by Abraham and Ishmael and this is mentioned in the Quran: وعهدنا إلى إبراهيم وإسماعيل أن طهرا بيتي للطائفين ...
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Who built the Kaaba Sharif in Makkah?

Allah said in the Qur'an: Sahih International: Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah - blessed and a guidance for the worlds. (3:96) Pickthall: ...
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Idolatry within Islam

The Kaabah is a building and not an image or representation of Allah, not a false deity, and not the intended object of worship, hence it is not an idol. It does mark the qiblah: the direction faced ...
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Prayer direction inside kaabah

Basically you can pray inside the Ka'bah to what ever direction based on the hadith: Pray in al-Hijr when you intend to enter the House (the Ka'bah), for it is a part of the House (the Ka'bah). ...
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Piece of old "kiswa" (black cloth of kaba) hanging at home

Assalam-o-alikum. According to Wikipedia at the time of Umar rad-e-yallah hu, old kiswa was cut into pieces and given to hujaj. Hujaj then used it to shelter from heat like umbrella. Their is no proof ...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Yes, it is most preferable to face towards holy Kabah while praying from anywhere in the world. When Muhammad(PBUH) was sent as prophet in Mecca and in the early days, Muslims used to face towards ...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Generally prayers(meaning dua: asking Allah for help) can be done in any direction. But Salah (Which is the formal prayer, and must be done 5 times a day) has to be towards the Kaaba approximately but ...
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Are Mecca and Becca the same places? Same meaning?

Becca is an area within Mecca. It's the kaba and the area that surrounds it, where pilgrims circumambulate. This area is called "Becca" which means to crowd/gather. Becca is located in the city of ...
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Interior of Kaaba

Do the three pillars have any religious significance other than structural support for the roof? Well to be honest my answer will be partly opinion based: As i could exclude a religious significance ...
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What did Mushrikeen think about who built the Kaaba?

Well I'm not sure whether it is possible to give a clear answer as AFAIK there is no historical backup. We can find an independent source (Claudius Ptolemy) from the 2nd Century B.C. mentioning a ...
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Do muslims worship Kaabah

Muslims do not worship Kabba. Muslims worship Allah in the direction of or towards Kabba. We not only raise index finger in direction of Kabba, but also stand in direction Kabba, in fact all Salat is ...
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I don't believe that God is present in the Kabaa at Mecca, is it appropriate for me to pray the Salat?

Kabaa existed before Prophet Muhammad was born, and it was a holy place then, as it is said to have been the first place built for worship. It is a place where Abraham, worshipped God. There general ...
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Is it true that Prophet Mohammad did not remove a statue of Mother Mary from the Kabah?

The athar is not authentic. No picture or statue was left undestroyed by the Prophet ﷺ. This story was mentioned in Akhbar Mecca (Arabic: أخبار مكة وما جاء فيها من الأثار) by Al-Azraqi (Arabic: ...
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Are there any references that people of the book have actually had ties to the Ka'ba?

Whether there are references to Mecca in previous scripture is a matter of debate, for which Islam Stack Exchange is not the right forum. Furthermore, any such references will not carry authoritative ...
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When the Kaaba was built, how were people worshiping Allah?

In similar ways to how they worship Allah now, the Quran mentions Tawaf, which is a major ritual of Hajj and Umrah, and the pillars of Prayer like Qiyam, Sujood and Rukuh: وإذ بوأنا لإبراهيم مكان ...
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Demolishing Kaaba is much easier to Allah than the blood of a Muslim?

On intentionally killing a believer The qur'an teachs us: But whoever kills a believer intentionally - his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and ...
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