Maintaining Prophet Abraham’s shrine
The shrine of the Prophet Abraham was adjacent to the Kaaaba, next to its gate, in the same condition he had left it. It had been there since the building of the Kaaba and until the time of second Caliph Omar Ibn Kattab who moved to the east, an action that only someone as strong and pious as him would be capable of doing.
“Abraham’s shrine is an ultimate proof of the greatness of this place, the greatness of the Kaaba. When people look at Abraham’s shrine, they remember the Quranic verses about the building of the Kaaba,” said Dr. Ahmed al-Morei, professor at Umm al-Qura University said.
Over the past few centuries, a dome built over the shrine obstructed the path around it. This drove King Faisal and the Muslim World League to remove the dome altogether, and replace it with a glass structure that allows viewers to see the shrine without touching it.
The key to entering this glass structure is held by the al-Shaibi clan, the keepers of the Kaaba. Then came King Fahd, who tended to the shrine in a way that made it look the way it does now.
“There are no specific days for opening and cleaning Abraham’s shrine. We open and clean it whenever necessary,” said Abdul Qader al-Shaibi, head key-bearer of the Kaaba said.
Abraham’s shrine contains a stone that preserves the footprints of the Prophet Abraham. This was the stone on which he used to stand on when he built the Kaaba’s upper walls. In Islam, the shrine is sacred and is used for prayer. It also bears witness to a miracle because it shows how stone softened under Abraham’s feet.
In emulation of the action taken by Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab, senior Islamic scholars inside and outside the nation have approved moving the shrine further east. The implementation of this decision remains up to the Saudi government and is also contingent upon what is seen to be in the best interest of worshippers.