Mecca, the birthplace of Islam and the holiest site to all the Muslims in the world and no matter how one looks at it, this valley in present day Saudi Arabia is the most celebrated and blessed placed on earth. One of the main reasons for the holiness of this area is the presence of the Kaaba, the holiest structure in Islam to which the entire Muslims population of the world face towards when praying to Allah (SWT). Thousands of people circle this holy structure everyday daily. The Kaaba is perhaps the most known building in the world and its architecture, covered in black cloth, is surrounded by centuries of History. Though most people know the Kaaba here are some things that may not be known by many.
1. It has been rebuilt many Times
Though many older people are aware of this history, the young ones who do not know might be intrigued to find out that the Kaaba is not in its original state from it was first constructed by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son Prophet Ismail (AS). There were several times throughout history that the Kaaba needed to be rebuilt due to natural disasters or due to wars. One of the major reconstructions of the Kaaba actually took place in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself and there is a famous even that took place back then. During the time, before Prophet Muhammad (SAW) became a Prophet, he (SAW) averted a major fight between the tribes of the Arabs when due to his blessed and quick thinking he came up with a way regarding how all of the tribes could lift and place the black stone into the Kaaba by using a cloth. After that time many renovations took place over the centuries and the last major one was back in 1996.
2. It had Multiple Doors and was Multi-Colored
When the Kaaba was originally constructed, it had two doors and a window. The current Kaaba has only one door and no widows. Also it was during the times of the Abbasids that the Kaaba began to be covered in the black Kiswah we see on it today. Before that, the Kaaba used to be covered in different colors.
3. There is only 1 Key bearer family
In the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), different groups of the Quraish had rites over different aspects of the Hajj. All of them eventually lost their rites except one family. When Mecca was conquered, the keys of the Kaaba were presented to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) who in turn returned them to Hazrat UsmanibnTalha (RA) of the BaniShaiba tribe. They had been the keepers of the Kaaba for centuries and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) gave them the glad tidings that their family would remain so till the end of time. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Take it, O BaniTalha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant.”