After defeating the Quraysh tribe, Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) and his then larger than before with more powerful follower army got the full control of Mecca. And very first act of declaring control on that city was by him entering the Kaaba. He then destroys all idols including the one for Hubal. Then he dedicated the shrine as a spot of worshiping One God.
After so many years, these days, during the Hajj the Kaaba remains closed. Because of the unbelievable number of Muslims who came to visit it. However, during the other times of the years, there’s in some cases allowance for one to enter the Kaaba. Let’s talk about who can go inside the Kaaba and other fascinating stuff about this holy place.
So, Who Can Go Inside the Kaaba?
The interior of Kaaba is very beautiful with white marble made lower half wall. While green cloth takes over the half area above. The inside is very tiny and has just 3 pillars that are tall and made of stone. A tiny table and hanging lamp are also there. To reach the roof, there’s also a staircase. In this segment, we will keep it short by including who is allowed inside the Kaaba.
Kaaba is in the city of Mecca which is only open for Muslims. The Saudi Arabia government is very strict about this. And allows no non-Muslims to enter the holy city. The odds of Non-Muslims entering the spot is however not completely impossible as there were cases like so in previous decades. But millions come here each year and comparing this fact the chances of such thing happening is very minuscule.
If a western Muslim wants to travel for hajj, he or she needs to show documentation that an imam must provide to prove the fact. And also, the testification of Imam is necessary, it can be in written form. This is to verify if the person is a true convert or not. And if he or she can get permission to enter the city of Kaaba.
As for direct entry inside the Kaaba, all Muslims can do so. However, at the present time, dignitaries usually get the chance to enter, and that too with request. The Kaaba’s guardian needs to give permission for entrance as well.
In Sahih Bukhari, it was mentioned by Aisha (May Allah Be Please with Her) that when she asked Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) about Hateem being a part of Kaaba, he told her it was. Then she asked the reason why it was not a part of the walls. The Prophet (ﷺ) told her that it was due to not having enough funds by the Quraysh.
See Street View here
Muslims consider their way to Mecca as one of the most valuable pilgrimages of life. Because it marks their fulfillment of one pillar out of five in Islam. The once-in-a-lifetime obligation they perform to please Allah is for sure the “closest to heart” incident to them. Being around the house of God makes people happy and blessed.
Knowing who can go inside the Kaaba might be something you are curious about. But for Muslims, everything that relates to Kaaba and the religion is more than just curiosity. See You in Some Other Talk Real Soon.