Maqam Ibrahim (Station of Abraham)

The Station of Abraham (Maqam Ibrahim, مَـقَـام إِبْـرَاهِـيْـم), a glass and metal enclosure with what is said to be an imprint of Abraham's foot. Abraham is said to have stood on this stone during the construction of the upper parts of the Kaaba, raising Ismail on his shoulders for the uppermost parts.

circa 1982 CE
(1399 Hj.)

Muqam Ibrahim (The Station of Abraham)

Muqam Ibrahim, according to Islamic tradition, the imprint on the stone came from Abraham's feet. According to one tradition it appeared when Abraham stood on the stone while building the Kaaba; when the walls became too high. Surah al-Baqarah verse 125 (وَاتَّخِذُوا مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِیمَ مُصَلًّی) mentions Maqam Ibrahim and instructs the believers to take the station of Abraham as a place of salah (prayer). The stone is originally believed to have been placed inside the Kaba, and was moved to it's current location

circa 1982 CE
(1399 Hj.)

Cassing of Maqam Ibrahim (station of Abraham), at the Exhibition of Two Holy Mosques' Architecture, used up until the time of King Fahad's (bin Abdulaziz) expansion of Masjid al-Haram. In Surah al-'Imrah verse 97 Maqam Ibrahim is mentioned second time where it is counted among one of the signs menifest and a station of peace ( فِیهِ آیاتٌ بَینَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِیمَ وَ مَنْ دَخَلَهُ کانَ آمِناً ).

circa 1982 CE
(1399 Hj.)

Maqam Ibrahim is the stone with the footprints of Ibrahim. This stone is almost square shape having 40 cm of length and width and the height of about 20 cm. The color of this stone is yellowish and reddish white. On this stone, there is a foot print of 10 cm in depth the prints of fingers on which are not clear. Over time, the footprints have become larger on top due to rubbing of hands for blessing (touching the stone for blessing has no tradition or significance in Islam).

circa 1982 CE
(1399 Hj.)

Interior of the Maqam Ibrahim, the silver enclosure surrounds the footprints. Currently, the length of the footprints on the surface of the stone is 27 cm and their width is 14 cm which decreases to 22 in length and 11 in width in the deep part. There is about 1 cm place between the two footprints.

circa 1930 CE
(1347 Hj.)

The Maqam Ibrahim (left) with Bab Bani Shaybah (right), during the Ottoman era. After the takeover by Saudis this structure along with a few others inside the Mataf area were demolished and a wooden box covered with iron sheets was installed over the Station of Abraham.

circa 1930 CE

A panoramic view of the Mataf circa 1930 CE, with Maqam Ibrahim (center), Bab Bani Shaybah (left) and the Kabah (right). Today, the Maqam Ibrahim is found in front of the entryway of the Ka’bah. Another tradition states that during Umar ibn al-Khattab's reign, he shifted the place and moved the Maqam more towards the east, so that the individuals who try to perform Tawaf are able to perform it conveniently, without being in the way for individuals who pray after completing their Tawaf next to Maqam Ibrahim.

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