. When Islam is against idol worship why do the Muslims worship, and bow down to the Kaaba in their prayer?



Kaaba is the Qibla i.e. the direction Muslims face during their prayers. It is important to note that though Muslims face the Kaaba during prayers, they do not worship the Kaaba. Muslims worship and bow to none but Allah.

It is mentioned in Surah Baqarah:

“We see the turning of thy face (for guidance) to the heavens: now shall We turn thee to a Qiblah that shall please thee. Turn then thy face in the direction of the Sacred Mosque: wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction.”
[Al-Qur’an 2:144]

1. Islam believes in fostering unity

For instance, if Muslims want to offer Salaah (Prayer), it is possible that some may wish to face north, while some may wish to face south. In order to unite Muslims in their worship of the One True God, Muslims, wherever they may be, are asked to face in only one direction i.e. towards the Kaaba. If some Muslims live towards the west of the Kaaba they face the east. Similarly if they live towards the east of the Kaaba they face the west.

2. Kaaba is at the Centre of the World Map

The Muslims were the first people to draw the map of the world. They drew the map with the south facing upwards and north downwards. The Kaaba was at the centre. Later, western cartographers drew the map upside down with the north facing upwards and south downwards. Yet, Alhamdullilah the Kaaba is at the centre of the world map.

3. Tawaaf around Kaaba for indicating one God

When the Muslims go to Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah, they perform tawaaf or circumambulation round the Kaaba. This act symbolizes the belief and worship of One God, since, just as every circle has one centre, so also there is only one Allah (swt) worthy of worship.

4. Hadith of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him)

Regarding the black stone, hajr-e-aswad, there is a hadith (tradition), attributed to the illustrious companion of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).

According to Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, book of Hajj, chapter 56, H.No. 675. Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen the Prophet (pbuh) touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you”.

5. People stood on Kaaba and gave the adhaan
At the time of the Prophet, people even stood on the Kaaba and gave the ‘adhaan’ or the call to prayer. One may ask those who allege that Muslims worship the Kaaba; which idol worshipper stands on the idol he worships?

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  1. #1 by Frank Ritchie on February 4, 2010 - 7:26 AM

    That’s interesting. I hadn’t come here to find out about the Kaaba, but feel like I’ve learnt something.

    The drawing of maps that had the Kaaba at the centre of the world was not something I knew about and the bowing to the Kaaba is something I was curious about. Though the comparison isn’t exactly the same, it works in a similar manner to Christian iconography – the icon isn’t being worshiped, it merely acts as a tool to draw the Christian towards God.

    Thank you for the information.

  2. #2 by seasonsali on April 9, 2010 - 8:31 AM

    Very good information. Good post

  3. #3 by ashakiran on September 20, 2010 - 5:44 PM

    whether the name ‘Allah’ is important for god worshipers? Especially in case of people whose mother tongues are other than arabic?

  4. #4 by chris Patel on May 3, 2011 - 7:37 PM

    this is what we hindus have been explaining to christians and muslims for years. hinduism has one eternal, omniportent, omnipresent, omniscient GOD, unborn without form. We believe to one GOD only who is called iswara or Brahman ( impersonal form of god, eternity, infinity not to be mistaken by the word BRAHMA) . we are being criticized by muslims and christians as a polytheistic religion but a sharp NO we respond…
    We have authorized images as a mean or a tool to attain the Supreme entity.
    This is all mentionned in Bhagavad gita.
    Below GOD the ONE ABSOLUTE WITHOUT FORM are the trinity Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva with forms – or GOD created three entities to rule the cosmic or universe – Divided by three powers – coming from GOD ( Generator – Operator – Destructor ).
    And then below these three come the demi gods, avtars or descendants or Devis ( female spiritual entities ) – wtih 330000000 devis and devas – each of them with specific duties in the celestial universe…. be it an animal form representing spiritual animal kingdom or other kinds of celestial beings… so you see, hinduism is more simple than thought…. ignorant fools criticize hinduism for nothing without knowing what exactly is hinduism…. statue, idols or images are used as a vehicle or a tool to achieve the only ONE SuPReme POWER. GOD.

    Each religion fights with each other just because of the above statement…imagine !!!
    All the rest of commandments are the same in every religion…
    Hinduism Reincarnation concept. we deserve the life according to what we do or did in the past. until we do not reach spiritual perfection, we do not reach Eternal heaven of GOD.
    We must come back in the material world to pay and receive…until “the balance is nil” !!!

    We hindus are against icon or idol worship if we consider GOD´s power and infinity limited to that icon, image or idol !!! this is wrong then.

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