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Maqam-e-Ibrahim: A Symbol of Faith


Maqam-e-Ibrahim: A Symbol of Faith
“In it are clear signs and the standing-place of Abraham (AS). Whoever enters it should be safe. Pilgrimage to this House is an obligation by Allah (SWT) upon whoever is able among the people. And whoever disbelieves, then surely Allah is not in need of any of His creation.” [Surah Al-Imran (3:97)]


Maqam-e-Ibrahim is a sacred site in the Mataaf of Masjid al-Haram, just in front of the Holy Kaaba. It is believed to be the place where Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) stood for the construction of the Holy Kaaba. The stone is blackish-red with slight whiteness, and the footprints of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). Pilgrims can view the stone through a glass dome covered by a golden cage with beautifully engraved patterns.

Masjid al-Haram is an important religious place millions of Muslims visit during the annual Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. For more information about Masjid al-Haram, check out this blog post: Exploring Masjid al-Haram: History, Structure, and Significance.

Surah Al-Baqarah highlights the importance of the Kaaba as a place of security and return for people. This verse specifically mentions the importance of performing prayers at the standing place of Hazrat Abraham (Ibrahim) (AS).

Surah Baqarah verse 125 about the Maqam-e-Ibrahim
Remember when We made the Sacred House a center and a sanctuary for the people, saying, “You may take the standing place of Abraham as a site of prayer.” We entrusted Abraham and Ishmael to purify My House for those who circle it, meditate in it, and bow and prostrate themselves in prayer. [Surah Baqarah verse 125]

The Story of Maqam-e-Ibrahim

According to Islamic tradition, Allah (SWT) instructed Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) to build the Holy Kaaba. Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) started the foundation of the Kaaba using rocks from different mountains in Makkah. However, they faced difficulties when the walls of the Holy Kaaba became too high for them to reach.

Allah (SWT) miraculously provided Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) with a stone called the Maqam-e-Ibrahim. The stone would rise as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) leaned on it and lower when Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) needed to come down, making the construction process easier.

The rock became soft under Hazrat Ibrahim’s (AS) feet, creating a footprint of his feet. Hazrat Ibrahim’s (AS) feet can still be seen on the rock, holding a special place in the hearts of Muslims worldwide. After the construction was completed, the sacred stone was placed on the eastern side of the Holy Kaaba, where it remains today.

The Holy Kaaba is the center point of Islamic prayer and pilgrimage, representing the core principles of faith. For more information, visit the blog: The Kaaba – History and Significance in Islam.

Historical Background

The Maqam-e-Ibrahim stands approximately 46 feet from the Holy Kaaba and is now surrounded by a glass and metal enclosure. This allows pilgrims to view the stone without touching it. The site is a physical reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) unwavering faith and dedication to the divine command.

During the Khilafat of Hazrat Umar (RA), the second caliph of Islam, He (RA) noticed that people had difficulty circling the Holy Kaaba during Hajj. Therefore, He (RA) moved this unique stone from one side of the Kaaba to the front. This adjustment made it easier for everyone to Tawaaf the Holy Kaaba smoothly.

Over time, several changes occurred to the structure around the stone, especially during the Ottoman era, when a dome was added. Later, when Saudi Arabia took over, they simplified the structure to ensure that the millions of people who visit every year for Hajj and Umrah could move around more easily.

The Structure and Composition of Maqam-e-Ibrahim

Maqam-e-Ibrahim is a special place for Muslims. Here’s what it’s all about:

  • The Stone: A unique stone at Maqam-e-Ibrahim is about 16 inches long, wide, and almost 8 inches tall. The footprints on the stone are about 3.5 and 4 inches deep.
  • The Casing: This stone is in a square-shaped metal casing, often made of silver, and is furnished with beautiful Islamic writings and designs.
  • The Structure: The structure of Maqam-e-Ibrahim consists of a marble base in the shape of a square, with a hexagonal glass structure on top.
  • Protection: Glass and metal enclosures the stone, and a fancy ‘Sitara‘ curtain decorates it, allowing people to view but not touch it.

It is a special metal and glass box that houses the stone with Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) ‘s footprints.

Praying in Maqam-e-Ibrahim

You should perform the Sunnah prayers behind Maqam Ibrahim.

Narrated by Hazrat Ibn Umar (RA):

The Prophet reached Mecca, circumambulated the Kaaba seven times, and then offered a two-rakat prayer behind Maqam Ibrahim. Then he went towards the Safa. Allah said, “Verily, in Allah’s Apostle, you have a good example.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 1627

If the area around Maqam-e-Ibrahim is crowded with people offering the Sunnah prayer of two rakats, you may skip it. We should refrain from praying behind Maqam-e-Ibrahim when individuals require the area for Tawaaf. It would be disrespectful to disrupt or force someone while they are praying or step over them while they are in prostration. As Muslims, we should be mindful of Allah (SWT) and display respect for our fellow Muslims. We must be careful and avoid causing harm to others.

Masjid al-Haram, A Symbol of Faith and Unity for Muslims

The Maqam-e-Ibrahim is more than just a stone with footprints; it is a cornerstone of Islamic history and spirituality. It stands as a beacon of faith, inviting believers to reflect on the lives and lessons of the prophets. It encourages us to reaffirm our devotion to the path of righteousness and submission to the will of Allah Almighty. When visiting the Holy Kaaba, offer prayers at the Maqam-e-Ibrahim and seek blessings and guidance in your spiritual journey. Feel closer to Allah (SWT) and His mercy.

If you want to explore the history and importance of the Hajj and Umrah further, you’re in the right place! Our Hajj and Umrah categories help you find everything you need. We have step-by-step guides, tips, and advice to make your pilgrimage meaningful and worry-free. Get ready for your journey with our helpful resources today.







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