Hey everyone, I know, I know it’s been about a year and no post.. I have been busy and most of you get in touch with me on Twitter @VictorCaranci. Now I just want to say I keep me personal feelings and my own views out of this post and all my tweets, I simply encourage cross culture exchange and a place where we the people are all equal, share and come together. My readership is down and that’s my fault but I wish to rebuild and invite you all to a place where respect is what we all want in life.
As you can see the above pic is of the Kabba! What is the Kabba? And why do people pray to it? Who built it? So many questions..
The Kaaba or kabah (Arabic: الكعبة al-Kaʿbah IPA: [alˈkaʕba], “The Cube”) also referred as Kaaba Muazzama (Grand Kaaba), is a building at the center of Islam‘s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, al-Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred Muslim site in the world. It is considered the “House of Allah” and has a similar role to the Tabernacle and Holy of Holies in Judaism. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performing salat (prayer). From any point in the world, the direction facing the Kaaba is called the qibla.
One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim who is able to do so to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Multiple parts of the hajjrequire pilgrims to make tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. Tawaf is also performed by pilgrims during the umrah (lesser pilgrimage). However, the most interesting times are during the hajj, when millions of pilgrims gather to circle the building on the same day. In 2013, the number of pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform hajj was officially reported as 1,379,531. In 2014, Saudi Arabia reported having completed Hajj permits for 1,389,053 international pilgrims and 63,375 for residents.