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Maqam Ibrahim

The structure containing the Maqām

The Maqām Ibrāhīm (Arabic: مَـقَـام إِبْـرَاهِـيْـم‎, lit. 'Station of Abraham')[1][2] is a stone associated with Abraham, Ishmael and their rebuilding of the Ka‘bah in what is now the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. According to Islamic tradition, the imprint on the stone came from Abraham's feet.[3][4] According to one tradition it appeared when Abraham stood on the stone while building the Kaaba; when the walls became too high, Abraham stood on the maqām, which miraculously rose up to let him continue building and also miraculously went down in order to allow Ishmael to hand him stones. Other traditions held that the footprint appeared when the wife of Ishmael washed Abraham's head, or alternatively when Abraham stood atop it in order to summon the people to perform the pilgrimage to Makkah .[5]

See also


  1. ^ Quran 2:125–197
  2. ^ Quran 3:97 (Translated by Yusuf Ali)
  3. ^ Peters, F.E. (1994). "Another Stone: The Maqam Ibrahim". The Hajj. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 16–17.
  4. ^ "Maqam-e-Ibrahim shines ... like visitors' faith". 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ Kister, M.J. (1991). "Maḳām Ibrāhīm". In Bosworth (ed.). The Encyclopaedia of Islam. VI (Mahk-Mid) (2nd ed.). Brill. p. 105.

Further reading

  • Kister, M.J. (1971). "Maqām Ibrāhīm: A Stone with an Inscription". Le Muséon. 84: 477–491.