- Arabic الكعبة (al-kaʿba, "the cube") (Wiktionary)
“The Qur'an, the recorded revelation of God to Prophet Muhammad, refers to the Ka'ba as the Sacred Sanctuary, al-masjid al-haram.”
“At the heart of the world's most famed mosque in the center of Mecca lies the Ka'ba, an Arabic word meaning cube.”
“If you haven't had them, the Starbucks Marshmallow Dream Bars are really yummy, and they perfectly symbolize my current state of being because they are white yet shaped like the holiest place in all of Islam, the Ka'ba in Mecca, the shape is probably coincidental, otherwise Starbucks would market them as Rice Ka'ba Treats.”
“Saudi Arabia's inaugural exhibit, "The Black Arch," the work of the sisters Raja and Shadia Alem, combines references to the Black Stone housed in the Ka'ba in Mecca, their native city, with projections of Venetian mosaics.”
“In his telling, the Ka'ba was created even before the fashioning of the heavens and the earth and Adam, the first man, is said to have circled around the structure in a counter-clockwise manner simultaneously praising God's attributes and reciting his name.”
“In fact, there are a multitude of sites that are visited by Muslims around the world that co-exist alongside the Ka'ba.”
“Building on the narrative of Abraham in the Old Testament, the Muslim sacred text further describes the Father of the three monotheistic religions as having constructed the Ka'ba.”
“In some of the earliest histories of Islam, such as the 39-volume magnum opus of the 10th century chronicler al-Tabari, the Ka'ba and the rituals of the hajj take on an other-worldly significance.”
“Yet over the centuries, the Ka'ba had ceased to be the site of monotheistic practice as it had been in Abraham's day, and instead housed the images of tribal deities as well as those of Jesus and Mary.”
“Today, his Pennsylvanian grave-site continues to attract his followers who go on pilgrimage not only to the Ka'ba, but also to his shrine.”
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