Friday, 6 June 2014

Ka’-ba Is The First Place Of Worship

LESSON # 392 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Ka’-ba Is The First Place Of Worship
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter - 3)
Verse –96 & 97a of 200, Section –10    (Part – 4)

96.  Lo! the first Sanctuary appointed for mankind was that at Bekkah, a blessed place, a guidance to the peoples;          

97a.  Wherein are clear signs (of Allah’s Guidance); the place where Abraham stood up to pray; and whosoever entereth it is safe.          
96.  ‘Inna  ‘Awwala  Bay-tinw- wu- zi-‘a  linnaasi  lallazii  bi-Bakkata  mubaarakanw-wa  hudal-lil- ‘aalamiin.       

97a. Fiihi  ‘Aayaatum- bayyinaatum- Maqaamu  ‘Ibraa-hiim.  Wa  man-dakhalahuu  kaana  ‘aami-naa.           



Lesson

‘Awwala  Bay-tin  - (the first Sanctuary), it aims ‘the House of Allah Almighty at Mecca’ i.e. Bay-tUllaah, Ka’-ba, which is the first place of worship. This Square Building have the capacity of the conqueror of the world (International level), because remaining all places of worship were of local and national level. Moreover, the entire other places of worship were built afterwards either those were idol-temples, pagodas, furnace temples of worshippers, churches or some other (considered) sacred places. Being the first place of worship the chaplet is on the head of this Square Building.

Upon this claim of Muslims, “We are nearer to Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) than all other nations and groups”, the Jews had objection also that actual native land of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was Iraq, from where he (peace be upon him) migrated to Syria. Then he lived and deceased there. His (peace be upon him) descendants also used to live in Syria. The Prophets (peace be upon them), who came in that country, they chose the temple of Jerusalem as their direction of worship. The Centre of Islam, contrary to them, is Hejaz. The Muslims left the direction of the temple of Jerusalem and adopted the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba) as their direction and place of worship. How can they claim near relationship with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), while they (the Muslims) live much away from Syria?

Reply to those objectors has been dictated in the above mentioned verse. That is to say; the temple of Jerusalem and other blessed places were built after that {the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba)}. Forty years after the construction of the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba) (Bay-tUllaah), Prophet Isaac (peace be upon him) laid a foundation of the temple of Jerusalem (Bay-tul Muqaddis). Construction of the temple of Jerusalem was completed many hundreds years later during the time of Prophet David (peace be upon him). The first Holy House in the world, which was built for the Guidance, that is Ka’-ba, which is situated in the city of Mecca Mu-‘azma. Purpose for the construction of this Holy House was that the people of the world should come here and turn their attention towards Allah (God) Almighty.

From the beginning, Allah Almighty bestowed His apparent and hidden blessing to this Sacred Place, settled it a spring for Guidance of the entire world. He sent His Last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) to this sacred place. He invited the entire world for pilgrimage, commanded the Muslims to direct their faces towards this place during offering their prayers and Allah Almighty kept different types of tokens in the earth of Mecca due to the blessing of BaytUllaah (the temple of Mecca) (Ka’-ba). The person, who reported here, got safety and peace.    


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & English Translation by Marmaduke; Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif) 

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