Kabaah is heaven on earth, when we look at it we feel the warmth and love of Almighty ALLAH. The house of ALLAH was primarily built by Hazrat Adam (A.S). It was badly affected during the flood in Noah’s (A.S) time. After many years when Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and Hazrat Ismail (A.S) came to Makkah, they rebuilt the Holy House by the orders of ALLAH (S.W.T). Maqam-e-Ibrahim is the stone on which Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) stood, while he was building the Holy Kabaah. The literal meaning of Maqam is station as in high place and dignified rank.
Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) used this stone in order to complete the upper part of Holy Kabaah. He moved the stone along when each section was completed. Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) stood on the stone while Hazrat Ismail (A.S) gave him the material to make the upper area of Holy Kabaah. When the construction of Holy Kabaah was completed, the large stone block was left outside the Kabaah.
Maqam-e-Ibrahim is a small and round shaped stone place over 20cm of marble that stands on the ground in front of the door of Holy Kabaah. Actual foot prints of Prophet Ibrahim are of an oval rectangular shape and have been entirely plated in silver. The dome was first placed in 810 H and it has rebuilt at intervals. Before 1967 there was a room for Maqam-e-Ibrahim but now it is enclosed in a gold case.
Maqam-e-Ibrahim in light of Quran and Hadith:
In Quran Majeed ALLAH (S.W.T) says that:
“And remember when We made this House (at Makkah) a recourse for mankind and a sanctuary; and take the place where Ibrahim stood, as your place of prayer; and We imposed a duty upon Ibrahim and Ismail, to fully purify My house for those who go around it, and those who stay in it (for worship), and those who bow down and prostrate themselves.” (Baqarah 2:125)
It was narrated by Hazrat Anas that ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab (R.A)’ said:
“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)! I wish that you could perform Salat behind the Maqam of Ibrahim.’ So the following was revealed: And take you the Maqam of Ibrahim as a place of Salat.” (Jami At-Tirmidih, 2960)
The present location of Maqam-e-Ibrahim is the place where Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and Hazrat Ismail (A.S) offered two rakat prayers after finishing the construction of Kabaah. Once the seventh round of Tawaf is completed in Hajj or Umrah, it is desirable for the pilgrim to offer two rakat prayers behind Maqam-e-Ibrahim. It is mandatory to offer prayer after finishing Tawaf otherwise the Tawaf will not be accepted. If you are planning to go for umrah this December and wish to offer prayer in front of Maqam-e-ibrahim so make Haleema Travels your partner for best Umrah experience from Luton to Makkah.