REBUILDING ALLAAH'S HOUSE

In the cover story of the last edition, we brought you the story of how Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail (peace be upon them) built the house of Allaah i.e. the Kaba But so many years after the both of them died, during the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the people of Makkah decided to rebuild it. Let us look at the story as found in one the works of Muhammad bin Ishaq bin Yasar:

The Fear: Ibn Ishaq said, "When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) reached thirty five years of age, the Quraysh gathered to rebuild the Kabah, this included covering it with a roof. However, they were afraid of demolishing it.

When they decided to begin the demolition process to rebuild it, Abu Wahb bin Amr bin Aidh bin Imran bin Makhzum took a stone from the Kabah; the stone slipped from his hand and went back to where it had been. He said, "O people of Quraysh! Do not spend on rebuilding the House, except from what was learned from pure sources. No money earned from a prostitute, usury or injustice should be included." This particular incident further made the people of Quraysh to be more afraid of demolishing the Kabah. Black Stone Trouble. Eventually, they demolished it and started the reconstruction. 

The tribes of Quraysh collected stones to rebuild the House, each tribe collecting on their own. They started rebuilding it, until the rebuilding of the Kabah reached the point where the Blackstone was-to be placed in its designated site. A dispute erupted between the various tribes of Quraysh, each seeking the honour of placing the Black stone for their own tribe. The dispute almost led to violence between the leaders of Quraysh in the area of the Sacred House. Banu Abd Ad-Oar and Banu Adi bin Kab bin Luay, gave their mutual pledge to fight until death. However, five or four days later, Abu Umayyah bin Mughirah bin Abdullah bin Amr bin Makhzum, the oldest man from Quraysh then, intervened at the right moment. Abu Umayyah suggested that Quraysh should appoint the first man to enter the house from its entrance to be a mediator between them. They agreed.

The Mediator: Ibn Ishaq continues: "The Messenger of Allaah- Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) (who was yet to become a prophet at that time) was the first person to enter the house. When the various leaders of Quraysh realized who the first one was, they all proclaimed, "This is AI-Amin (The Honest one). We all accept him; This is Muhammad. When the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) reached the area where the leaders were gathering and they informed him about their dispute, he asked them to bring a garment and place it on the ground. He placed the Black Stone on it.

He then requested that each of the leaders of Quraysh hold the garment from one=side and participate in lifting the black stone, moving it to its designated position and built around it. The Quraysh used to call the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings be upon him) AIAmin (The Truthful or The Trustworthy) even before the revelation came to him." Tafseer ibn Katheer.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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