A Timeless Structure: The Ka'aba
It is almost like the heart that connects all worshipers together; the closer your chord is from the heart of it the stronger you feel its presence.
by: Rashad Al-Irhayim
For someone who does not know the religion, the prospect of people circulating around what is inadequately phrased as the “Black Box”, is quite a mystery. In truth the structure of the Ka’aba dates back to 2000BC, when Abraham and Ishmael put up the foundations of the Ka’aba (The house of God). This gives the Ka’aba a past which in turn adds to the sacrality of its place. It is not only a timeless structure in the sense of its’ past, but it is also so in the sense that this structure marks the direction of the “Qibla” of prayer for all Muslims all around the world. It is also believed that the Ka’aba represents a larger metaphysical scene of a similar house in heaven called “Al-Beytal Maamoor” where it is believed that angles perform the “tawaf” (Ritual circulation) around the throne of God.
It is amazing what power this place has not only in its immediate surroundings but also across the world. The fact that this place has lasted for hundreds of years where generation after generation people from all around the world come to this place in the hope that their senses might be purified. A man might’ve lost everything he has and find it here; where sometimes we remember here what has been forgotten elsewhere. It is almost like the heart that connects all worshipers together; the closer your chord is from the heart of it the stronger you feel its presence.
It might also surprise you to see the worshipers not only circulating the Ka’aba under an outstanding 50 °C, but also doing so while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Here the heat is not a problem; it is not felt…like everything else that doesn’t matter in the face of lifting up a difficulty from the face of our daily lives.