Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques recently released never-before-seen detailed images of Maqam Ibrahim or the Station of Abraham located at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
The presidency captured the details of the rare images of the Station of Abraham with a new technique that uses stacked panoramic focus, Saudi Gazette reported.
Maqam Ibrahim is the stone that bears the imprint of where the Prophet Ibrahim (may God be pleased with him) stood while building the Kaaba when the walls became too high.
The stone is enshrined with a gold, silver, and glass frame to preserve Prophet Ibrahim’s footprints.
The stone is almost square shape having 40 centimeters long and wide, and about 20 cm high.
The color of this stone is yellowish and reddish white. The footprints imprint is in middle of the stone.
The length of the footprints on the surface of the stone is 27 cm and their width is 14 cm.
Earlier, the presidency documented Hajar Al-Aswad or the Black Stone at Kaaba with a Focus Stack Panorama in 49,000-megapixel images.
According to Islamic faith, Allah ﷻ brought down the Black Stone and the shrine stone to Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail from Paradise, after they were ordered to lift the foundations of the Kaaba.
The shrine stone is marked by two footprints on them. Throughout history, it remained adjacent to the sacred Kaaba as one of the landmarks of Makkah.
When Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) conquered Makkah, he and his companions decided to shift the stone from its original location near the Kaaba to its current location at a distance of more than 10 meters, in order to facilitate the circumambulation ritual (tawaf) and to enable worshipers to pray behind the shrine as described in the Holy Quran.
According to historians, the first ruler to cover the shrine was the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mahdi. Caliph Al-Mutawakkil covered it with gold and silver to strengthen it.
In the Saudi era, specifically in the reign of King Faisal, expansion works were ordered and buildings were removed to facilitate the circumambulation rituals for better ease.
A crystal glass and a silver cover were then installed. It has been renovated after the restoration works that took place during the reign of King Fahd, heat resistant and shatter proof frosted glass has been placed above the shrine covered in copper encased in gold.
Reporting by Indonesia Window