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Inside view of Ka'baa

The Kaaba is a building located inside the masjid known as Al-Masjidu’l-Haram in Mecca. The masjid was built around the original Kaaba. The Kaaba is the holiest place in Islam. Muslims throughout the world face the Kaaba during their prayers.

The Kaaba is a large masonry structure roughly the shape of a cube. (The name Kaaba comes from the Arabic word meaning "cube"). It is made of granite from the hills near Mecca. The most current dimensions for the structure are: 15 m high (49′) with sides measuring 10.5 m (34′) by 12 m (39′). It is covered by a black silk cloth decorated with gold-embroidered calligraphy. This cloth is known as the kiswah; it is replaced yearly. 

Inside the Kaaba :

There are three pillars inside

There is a small table on the side to put items like perfume and incense burners.

There are two lantern-type lamps hanging from a cross beam near the ceiling

There are no electric lights inside

The interior walls are clad with marble half-way to the roof.

The entire floor is of marble except for a small portion which is called "Rukhamat Humra".

Tablets with Qur’anic inscriptions are inset in the marble.

The top part of the walls is covered with a green cloth decorated with gold embroidered Qur’anic verses.

There are no windows inside

There is only one door

The space can accommodate about 50 people

In the corner called "Ar Rukne Yemeni" there is a place called "Mustajar" from where Fatema Binte Asad had entered to deliver Ali (AS) inside The Kaaba. Ali was, apart from being technically Prophet Mohammed (SA)’s cousin, he was his foster, son-in-law, constant companion and his appointed successor, which is refuted by majority of Muslims. Prophet Mohammed had inserted a silver nail on the red stone to mark Ali’s birthplace; the spot is known as "Rukhamat Hamra". This is inside Kaa’bah.