Maqām ibrāhīm or Station of Ibrahim is associated with Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). while He (A.S) was busy with the construction of the Holy Kabba. it has a profound significance. This stone is lying in the Mataf, the circular part around Kabba. Muslims during their Hajj or Umrah performance pay a visit to this Holy sign of Hazrat Ibrahim. Maqām ibrāhīm is a blackish-red stone, with a little bit of whiteness that is said to have been sent from Heaven when Hazrat Ibrahim was busy in the construction of Holy Kabba. Many narrations from Hadith present tell us about the history of maqām ibrāhīm. Let’s dive into the article to know more details.
The center of the history of Maqam e Ibrahim is Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S), who played a pivotal role in the construction of the Kaaba, the Holy Home of Allah Almighty, situated in the heart of Masjid al-Haram. One narration tells us that when Hazrat Ibrahim was constructing the Holy Kabba, he stood on this stone while lifting Hazrat Ismail on his shoulders to adjust the stones that were present in height. This stone meltdown under Ibrahim’s feet and the footprints engraved on that stone, that are still miraculously preserved on that stone.
Some historical facts say that when Ibrahim was constructing the Holy Kaaba, when the walls became higher, Allah sent stones from heaven, Ibrahim A.S stood on this stone, and this stone lifted him automatically at the height Ibrahim was doing construction. And when Ibrahim needs to lower down to pick up the stones this stone lowers him down.
This is the most sacred stone and asset in the history of Islam, dating back some 4000 years. This stone is present in a square glass, covered with a beautifully engraved, golden cage. The stone is 8 inches in height, 14 inches in width, and 15 inches in length.
There is another narration about the stone of Maqam e Ibrahim,
Ibn Kathir narrated, “Proclaim (O Ebrahim) the Hajj to the people, calling them to come on pilgrimage to this House which We have commanded you to build.”
To which the Prophet said, “O Lord, how can I proclaim it to the people when my voice does not reach them?”
Allah then said, “Call and We will convey it.” So, he stood at his Maqam (station) and said: “O people, your Lord has taken a House, so come to it on pilgrimage.”
Importance of Maqam e Ibrahim:
Maqam e Ibrahim has special importance and value in Islam, and it is mentioned in the Holy Quran. When you go to Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage do not forget to offer 2 rakats when you complete your circumambulation around Holy Kabba.
The purpose of mentioning this Holy stone in the Holy Quran and putting it into the Holy Kabba is to connect the believers to the Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and his unshattered belief and devotion to Allah Almighty.
Is Maqam Ibrahim from Heaven?
Yes, it is believed that the rock of Hazrat Ibrahim along with three more stones have been sent from Heaven. Hijra Aswad which is also part of masjid Al Haram is also believed to come from Heaven along with Maqam e Ibrahim.
Where is Maqam Ibrahim Mentioned in the Quran?
You can understand the value of Maqam e Ibrahim from the fact that this holy stone is mentioned in the Holy Quran twice. It is mentioned in Surah Al Baqarah in verse 125 as “When We made the House (Ka’bah of Makkah) a frequented place for men and a place of peace! Make from the Station of Ibrāhīm a place of prayer.
Should you Kiss Maqam Ibrahim?
Avoid kissing Maqam Ibrahim, as it is not mentioned in the Sunnah. It is an innovation in Islamic rituals and exaggeration to kiss the stone that is strictly prohibited. Because innovation is a violation of the sunnah.
Which Surah to Read at Maqam Ibrahim?
While you have completed your tawaf around Holy Kabba, it is time to offer two Rakat in front of Maqam Ibrahim (Ibrahim Station). You should recite surah al-Kafirun in the first rakat and Surah Ikhlas in the second Rakat, after the recitation of surah al-fatiha. After completion of your rakat make lots of prayers for yourself, your loved ones, and the Muslim Ummah. your prayers will be asked God willing.
Maqam Ibrahim is a testimonial of the unwavering faith and devotion of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S). The station of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) symbolizes the love and sacrifices that Hazrat Ibrahim and his family made for the will of Allah Almighty. The rituals performed at Maqam Ibrahim during the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage are of spiritual gains not just physical practices. Gain knowledge about Islamic history and connect deeply to the spirits of every practice of Islam.
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