Definitions

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  • proper n. The small and nearly cubical stone building, holiest place of Islam, that all Muslims face when praying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The small and nearly cubical stone building, toward which all Mohammedans must pray.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Kaaba.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (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

Etymologies

Arabic كعبة (kaʕbah, "cube"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Although it is improbable that Mohammed was aware of it, the significance he attached to the Holy City, by teaching that the Caaba was a heavenly built edifice, was to become the means of consolidating his system, in spite of national and racial distinctions.

    Mohammed, The Prophet of Islam

  • Suras–the Cave, Mary, Imran, Repentance, T, H, are woven into the Kiswah or covering of the Caaba, which is renewed annually.

    The Koran (Al-Qur'an)

  • -- The Caaba is the same to the Mahomedan as the Holy Sepulchre to the Christian.

    Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity

  • Caaba, which is often called, by way of excellence, the house.

    The Koran (Al-Qur'an)

  • The elders of the city, the uncles of the prophet, affected to despise the presumption of an orphan, the reformer of his country: the pious orations of Mahomet in the Caaba were answered by the clamors of Abu Taleb.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • h That is, the Caaba, which is usually called, by way of eminence, the

    The Koran (Al-Qur'an)

  • “Now, by the corner-stone of the Caaba!” said the Saracen,

    The Talisman

  • It consisted of the most reverend Moullahs, who had fulfilled their commission and brought back one of those precious besoms which are used to sweep the sacred Caaba: a present truly worthy of the greatest potentate on earth!

    The History of the Caliph Vathek

  • “Over and above the general ceremonies of the purification at the well, and of the kissing of the corner-stone,8 and of the walking round the Caaba a certain number of times in a devout manner, every one has also his own separate prayers to put up, and so to fulfil the conditions of his vow and the objects of his particular pilgrimage.”

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The Caaba, or black stone of Mecca is also much revered by the Turks; it is placed in the Temple, and is expected to be endowed with speech at the day of judgment, for the purpose of declaring the names of those pious

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 374, June 6, 1829

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