The Holy Kaaba
The Holy Kaaba has a great role in Islam, being the vocal point of all prayers (Namaz, Salat) as well as a destination for worship and devotion.
The Size of the Holy Kaaba:
The current height of the Holy Kaaba is 39 feet, 6 inches and total size comes to 627 square feet.
The inside room of the Holy Kaaba is 13x9 meters. The Holy Kaaba's walls are one meter wide. The floor inside is 2.2 meters higher than the place where people perform Tawaaf.
The ceiling and roof are two levels made out of wood. They were reconstructed with teak which is capped with stainless steel.
The walls are all made of stone. The stones inside are unpolished, while the ones outside are polished.
This small building has been constructed and reconstructed by Prophets Adam, Ibrahim, Ismail and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). No other building has had this honor.
What is inside the Holy Kaaba?
There are two pillars inside (others report 3 pillars)
There is a table on the side to put items like perfume
There are two lantern-type lamps hanging from the ceiling
The space can accommodate about 50 people
There are no electric lights inside
The walls and floors are of marble
There are no windows inside
There is only one door
The upper inside walls of the Holy Kaaba were covered with some kind of curtain with the Kalima written on it.
There are four corners of Holy Kaaba and those are:
The Black Stone Corner (Rukan-a-Hijjar-a-Aswad)
The Shami Corner (Rukan-a-Shami)
The Yamani Corner (Rukan-a-Yamani)
The Iraqi Corner (Rukan-a-Iraqi)
At the top of the northern wall, there is the Mizrab-a-Rehmat, A water drain element which is made of pure gold, dominating the stone of Hazrat Ismail A.S.
Hijar-a-Aswad (The Black Holy Stone):
Located at the southeastern part of Holy Kaaba, a sign of divine grace, it is a heavy oval stone, of black reddish color. Its diameter is 30 cm, surrounded with a silver frame. The circler is required to kiss the black stone if possible. It is told that Messenger (peace of Allah be upon him) said, "the stone and the station of Ibrahim are two bequeathed from paradise, but Allah obliterated their light, otherwise they would have lit between east and west". He also said, "when the black stone was lowered from paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of humans made it black.