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A Muslim shrine in Mecca toward which the faithful turn to pray.

[Arabic ka'ba, cube, cubic structure, from ka'aba, to swell, be full (said of breasts); see kʕb in Semitic roots.]


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(Islam) a cube-shaped building in Mecca, the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine, into which is built the black stone believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham. Muslims turn in its direction when praying
[from Arabic ka`bah, from ka`b cube]
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Noun1.Kaaba - (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrineKaaba - (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
Mecca - joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia; located in western Saudi Arabia; as the birthplace of Muhammad it is the holiest city of Islam
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the council gathered at dar al-nadwah, several meters north of the ka'bah.
Haj is unquestionably the most demanding of all Islamic rituals, and the Prophet (PBUH) said: "Whoever performs Haj to this house - Ka'bah - and does not commit any obscenity and wrongdoing, he, or she, will come out as the day he, or she, was born - pure and free from sins.
Hashmi said that he considered himself standing in Ka'bah and was saying it on oath that he had told Imran Khan the technocrat system would be the initiation of martial law in Pakistan.
Circumambulate the Ka'bah and wait inside the mosque from one prayer to the next because by doing so, you will be deemed to be praying.
My heart is become receptive of every form: So: a pasture for gazelles, a monastery for Christian monks, A temple for idols, the Ka'bah of the circumambulating pilgrim, The tablet of Torah, the leaves of Qur'an; I follow the dm (way of life) of love.
Having arrived early for the conference, I decided to use my free time to make a pilgrimage to the Ka'bah , Islam's holiest site in nearby Mecca, something I hadn't done since I was a young boy.
2 refers to Ka'bah or Al-Masjid Al-Haram as both words are used interchangeably: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "And from wheresoever you start forth (for prayers), turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid-AlHaram" (Al-Hilali & Khan, 1999, Al-Baqarah, 149), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "And (remember) when We made the House (the Ka'bah at Makkah) a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety" (Al-Hilali & Khan, 1999, AlBaqarah, 125).
From the beginning of establishment Ka'bah gave rise to a number of offices, such as those which were held by Qusayy ibn Kilab, when he took over the kingship of Makkah, in the middle of fifth century.
Then there you are before the magnificent House of Allah, Most High, the Ka'bah.
Among his topics are the prayer of the folk of gnosis, the covering up of shame, turning towards the Ka'bah, some of the mysteries of Qur'anic recitation during prayers, and the testimony and the invocation of peace in prayer.
Within Islam, Ishmael was understood to be the prototype of the dutiful son, assisting Abraham in building the Ka'bah at Mecca and Arabized through marriage.
On another occasion, when the Prophet (S) was coming from the Ka'bah, a man took a handful of dirt and threw it in his face and head.