Although it is common knowledge that the Prophets Ibrahim (A.S.) and Ismail (A.S.) were the ones who constructed the Kaaba, the construction of the second door, which has since been sealed, has a less well-known history.
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- Second Door of the Kaaba
As a place of prayer and a symbol of Muslim unity for Muslims all over the world, Masjid Al-Haram’s Kaaba is of the utmost significance.
The second door of the Kaaba stands out in the history of the building as a sign of the Prophet Muhammad’s deep devotion.
Second Kaaba Door
Aisha (R.A.), Muhammad’s wife, shared with Abdullah Bin Zubair the words of Muhammad PBUH, who wished to have two doors in the Kaaba—one for entry and one for exit. However, during his lifetime, the Prophet Muhammad PBUH was unable to realize this vision due to financial constraints.
Abdullah bin Zubair (R.A.), a Noble Companion and knowledgeable scholar, recognized the significance of the Prophet’s goals and pledged to realize a dream that was so dear to the Prophet.
He took on the construction of a second door. Abdullah bin Zubair began constructing the second door of the Kaaba with unwavering devotion and faith.
He accomplished his mission in spite of numerous obstacles, including financial constraints, motivated by his profound comprehension of the significance of unity and the promotion of a smooth pilgrimage ritual.
The fact that Abdullah bin Zubair discovered his second door to the Kaaba is evidence of the early Muslims’ unwavering faith and selfless devotion. It shows his respect for the Prophet’s teachings and his determination to preserve and enhance the Holy Kaaba’s sanctity.
In addition to providing a practical solution to the issue of congestion during the pilgrimage, the completion of the second door embodied the essence of Prophet Muhammad’s instruction regarding believers’ convenience. This made sure that pilgrims moved more smoothly and that everyone had a more pleasant and harmonious spiritual journey.
The noble efforts of Abdullah bin Zubair did not end with the construction of the second door. His actions rekindled the commitment of subsequent generations to uphold and enhance the holiness of the Kaaba. Future guardians and leaders responsible for maintaining the sacred site were inspired by Abdullah bin Zubair’s dedication and selflessness.
The structure of the Kaaba was altered by the Umayyads, who later gained control of Mecca. The Umayyad military commander Hajjaj bin Yusuf al-Sakafi ordered that the Kaaba be rebuilt in its original form during their reign. A second Abdullah bin Zubair-built door was sealed as part of this process, but his legacy lives on.
As a large number of Muslims assemble at the Kaaba to perform sacrosanct customs, they owe an obligation of appreciation to the honorable sidekicks of Muhammad (PBUH) for their dedication to the holiness of the Kaaba.