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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:34

The Renovation of the Ka‘bah and Arbitration of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) – Part Two

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The third reconstruction of the Ka‘bah occurred five years before the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he was thirty-five years old. On this occasion, it was the Quraish who reconstructed the Ka‘bah.

The original structure erected by Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was roofless and the walls were not very tall, being just above the average height of a man, approximately nine hands in height. Over the passage of time, the structure had become old and was in need of reconstruction. Due to it lying on low ground, all the rainwater would flow into the structure and fill it. This is why the Quraish decided to rebuild the Ka‘bah.

When all the leaders of the Quraish unanimously agreed to demolish the Ka‘bah and rebuild it, Abu Wahab bin ‘Amr Makhzoomi, the brother of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) father’s mother, addressed the Quraish saying, “Bear in mind that the wealth spent in the reconstruction of the Ka‘bah should be from Halaal earnings. The income derived from adultery, theft and usury should not be included. Only Halaal wealth should be utilized in its construction. Allah Ta‘ala is pure and He only accepts that which is pure. Hence, only use your pure wealth for His house.”

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/113-114)

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