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Do Muslims Worship Ka’baa?


Kaaba is the Qibla i.e. the direction Muslims face during their prayers. It is

important to note that though Muslims face the Kaaba during prayers, they do

not worship the Kaaba. Muslims worship and bow to none but Allah.

It is mentioned in Surah Baqarah:

“We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now shall

We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please thee. Turn then thy face in the

direction of the Sacred Mosque: wherever ye are, turn your faces in that


1. Islam believes in fostering unity


[Al-Qur’an 2:144]

For instance, if Muslims want to offer Salaah (Prayer), it is possible that some

may wish to face north, while some may wish to face south. In order to unite

Muslims in their worship of the One True God, Muslims, wherever they may be,

are asked to face in only one direction i.e. towards the Kaaba. If some Muslims

live towards the west of the Kaaba they face the east. Similarly if they live

towards the east of the Kaaba they face the west.

2. Kaaba is at the Centre of the World Map

The Muslims were the first people to draw the map of the world. They drew the

map with the south facing upwards and north downwards. The Kaaba was at

the centre. Later, western cartographers drew the map upside down with the

north facing upwards and south downwards. Yet, Alhamdullilah the Kaaba is at

the centre of the world map.

3. Tawaf around Kaaba for indicating one God

When the Muslims go to Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah, they perform tawaf or

circumambulation round the Kaaba. This act symbolizes the belief and worship

of One God, since, just as every circle has one centre, so also there is only one

Allah (swt) worthy of worship.

4. Hadith of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him)

Regarding the black stone, hajr-e-aswad, there is a hadith (tradition), attributed

to the illustrious companion of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Umar (may Allah

be pleased with him).

According to Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, book of Hajj, chapter 56, H.No. 675.

Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I know that you are a stone and

can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the Prophet (pbuh) touching (and

kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you”.

5. People stood on Kaaba and gave the adhaan

At the time of the Prophet, people even stood on the Kaaba and gave the

‘adhaan’ or the call to prayer. One may ask those who allege that Muslims

worship the Kaaba; which idol worshipper stands on the idol he worships?

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