Maqam-e-Ibrahim means’ ‘the spot where Prophet Ibrahim (AS) stood.’ It is a location in the Mataf (the circular area around the Kaaba where people do tawaf). right in front of Kabbah.
In addition, it is a blackish-red stone with a touch of white that has Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) footprints. Pilgrims may see the stone via a glass dome. It has a golden cage with a lovely design carved surrounding the glass dome.
Moreover, the ‘Sitara’ curtain in the cage is beautiful and embroidered. The stone is 8 inches tall, 14 inches wide, and 15 inches long, with a width of 14 inches and a length of 15 inches.
Moreover, along with this rock, Allah sent three other rocks to Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) from heaven. One of which is the Sacred Black Stone, which we also call as Hijr-e-Aswad. The second is the Children of Israel’s Rock, and the third is Maqam-e-Ibrahim.
Maqam-e-Ibrahim has Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS.) footprints and is located 46 feet away from Kabbah. Moreover, several beliefs revolve around the history of Maqam-e-Ibrahim. One of the stories is that while the holy Kabbah was under construction, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) stood on the stone to supervise the building.
So, the stone softened as a result of Almighty Allah’s mercy, and impressions of the Prophet’s foot were imprinted on it. Similarly, another widely recognized tradition has it that when Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) was constructing the Kabbah, he would stand on the stone and raise his son Prophet Ismail (PBUH) on his shoulders to put stones in high places.
Also, Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) used to stand on it and invite people to the holy pilgrimage to Makkah. Nonetheless, it is a mark of devotion to Allah.
One of Hazrat Ibrahim’s (A.S) miracles, which many of us may be unaware of, is that when He stood on that rock, it softened and his feet dove into it. As a result, it left an impression on his feet on the rock. So, those imprints are still visible on the rock after several hundred years.
Furthermore, after the completion of one section of the Kaaba, the Prophets moved to block farther. So, in this manner, they built the entire top portion of the Kaaba. Also, after completing the construction, the final location of the block was left on the eastern side of the Holy Kaaba.
So, if you visit the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, you can see this rock by yourself. Moreover, Qibla Travels Ltd. offers you this opportunity to make your dream come true by providing the cheapest Umrah Packages and Hajj Packages.
According to Sa’eed bin Jubair (R.A), the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The stone is Ibrahim’s station. Allah softened it and made it merciful. Ibrahim would stand on it, and Ismail would hand him the stones.”
Also, Juhm bin Hudhayfah says that the Prophet (S.A.W) stated, “From all the children of Ibrahim, it is I who resembles him the most.” [Bukhari]
Therefore, Surah and hadith emphasize the significance of Ibrahim’s station and encourage Muslims to pay their respects here. So, if you visit the holy Kaaba, this is one of the areas where you can seek Allah’s blessings.
According to the Holy Quran, the location of Maqam e Ibrahim was near the Kaaba’s outer wall. However, during the reign of the Second Caliph, Umar Farooq, altered the location of the stone.
According to Umar bin Khattab (RA), Allah Almighty granted him three wishes. One of these (wishes) was his suggestion to the Prophet (PBUH) to make Maqam-e-Ibrahim a site for worship.
In addition, the location of Maqam was close to Kaaba during Ibrahim’s period. So, the second caliph, Hazrat Umar (RA), modified the position of the stone during his regime. He did this to make Tawaf and prayer easier. Also, because it was Umar who proposed that it be used as a place of worship, all of the Sahabah agreed to this deed.
As a result, he shifted the rock’s location and shifted the Maqam to the east. So, the location of the Maqam e Ibrahim today is in front of the Kaaba’s entrance.
Pilgrims only want to read the two rakats of prayer behind the Maqam Ibrahim during the Hajj and Umrah. Well, the reason is that they cannot complete Tawaf unless they offer the two rakats.
However, Muslims do not have to perform Salah in front of Maqam Ibrahim because of the large number of pilgrims. So, they can offer anywhere in Masjid al-Haram.
In addition, some scholars believe that if a person forgets to perform two nafls at the Al-Haram Mosque, he can perform them elsewhere. Moreover, he can do this even if it is far away from the Holy Mosque.
Also, the scholars cite Hazrat Umar (RA) as an example, saying that he performed the two rakats of Tawaf in Dhu Tuwa.
For Muslims all over the world, Maqam e Ibrahim has great importance. You cannot ignore its significance if you wish to please Allah SWT. However, Muslims all around the world go for Umrah or Hajj and pay homage to Maqam Ibrahim.
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