Question: I hope you can help me, I became a Muslim a couple of years ago, My family are finding it hard to accept mu ibada (worship). But recently I have made a fuss about my salat and insited I must pray. Alhamdulillah they have accepted it after seeing I became upset and depreesed at living in a house where I was not allowed to practice my basic pillars of Islam. They are ask my questions, of which one of them is “Why do we face the Ka’ba if we are not worshipping it as we prostrate towards itu?” I tried to explain that it is not the Ka’aba but Allah to whom we prostrate and the ka’aba is for reasons of unity anda that because it was it was the first house of Allah. I would be grateful if you could help me by explaining this further so I can understand it my self and explain this to my family and other kuffar (non muslims). And also please can you make dua that they are guided on the right path.-Abdullah.
Answer: Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah Who has guided you to Islam; we ask Him to make you steadfast in it until you meet Him, for He is all Hearing, Ever responsive. Praise be to Allah Who has made you keen to pray and to practice your religion openly. We aske Allah to guide your family and to grant you the joy of seeing them become Muslim… Ameen. With regard to our facing the Ka’aba, you should note, may Allah bless you, that in this universe there is none other than the Sreator and the created, worshippers and the One Who is worshipped. The Creator and the OneWho is rightfully worshipped is Allah alone; every thing other than Him is created and worshipps Him either willingly and by choise-which is the case with the believers-or by force, which is the case of kaafirs and sinners, whose submission to Allah consist of their being subjugated to His power either to benefit or harm themselves.
Allah is the One Who has given them life, and when He wills He will cause them to die. If Allah wills, He can make the sick, and is He wills He can heal them. He can make them rich whenever He wants and make them poor whenever He wants. Glory and praise be to Him, there is no Lord besides Him and none worthy of worship except Him. With regard to his believing slaves, they are tried and tested in this brief,transient world. If they succeed in remaining steadfast in worshipping their Lord and and attaining the highest degree of submission to Him, He will compensate them for that, by His kindness and grace, with Paradise in which there is that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and it has not not entered the heart of man. Among these tests is the fact thar Allah commands them to do some things for which their minds cannot comprehend the wisdom behind them, they can only submit and obey.
This is in order to distinguish those who are sincere in their claims to be believers from those who are insincere. For Allah is the Creator of reason, and He is the One Who issues the command, so whoever responds and submits, and says”I hear and obey, even though I do not understand the reason, because I admit my mortality, my weakness and my mortality, my weakness and my submission to Allah, for Allah cannot be questioned as to what He odes’-such a one is a believer who, it is hoped, will prosper and succeed in this world and in the Hereafter. This is how the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were, as al-Bukhari(1597 and Muslim(1270) narrated in their Saheehs that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab(may Allah be pleased with him) said of the Black Sone when he kissed it:”By Allah,, I know that you are only a stone anda you can neither bring benefit nor cause harm. Were it not that I had seen the Mesenger of Allah kissing you I would not have kiused you.” So when we Muslims pray facing the direction of the Ka’aba, we do so because Allah has commanded us to do that.If he had commanded us to pray facing in any other direction, we would have had to do that. The same applies to many other acts of worship, We pray Dhuhr with four ra’ahhs and Maghrib wuth three and fajr with two, because Allah has commanded us to do so. We perform Tawaaf seven times around the Ka’aba, and we stone the Jamaraat seven times, and we do not do more than that under any circumstances. All of that is because that is what Allah has commanded us to do. So whoever bears this thought in mind whilst doing these acts of worship will undoubtedly increase in submission to Allah; this will increase hais faith and bring him closer to his lord. Thus he will find great joy and immense happiness and deep contentment in his heart, which will make him long for worshipand love it, because when does actof worship he will feel that he is doing them for Allah, and were it not for Allah, he would not do them. So every act to Allah and increase him in faith until he meets Allah anda Allah will honour him as He honours his righteous slaves. But for the one who is stubborn and and arrogant, and saya, “ I will not do it until I understand”, this is likeIblees who rebelled against Allah and said, as Allah tells us the meaning): “Shall I prostrate mu self to one hom You created from clay?” (al-Israa’ 17:61)
This is sufficient to demonstrate the seriousness of arguing against the syariah on the basis of reason. Rather Allah has described one of the most unique characteristics of the pious believers as being belief in the Unseen. Allah says(interpretation of the meaning): ”This is the book(the quran) wherof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqoon(the pious believers of Islamic Monotheism who fear Allah much(abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much(perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained). Who be;ieve in the Ghayb (the unseen) and perform As-Salaah(Iqaamat-as-Salaah), and spend out of what we have provided for them”(Al-Baqarah 2:2-3). So the first characteristic by bwhich the believers are di distinguishe4d from others is the fact that they believe in the unseen or that which they cannot grasp, whether that is in a literal, physical sense or in a mettaphrical, intellectual sense.
What wen should point out here is that our prayer facing the direction of the Ka’aba has nothing to do with the structure of the Ka’aba, rather it has to doa with its location. If it werw to be destroyed, we would still pray in that direction, not to that structure. Hence we find that nowadays Muslim pray on the second storey and om the roof of the Grand Mosque in theSanctuary of Makkah, facing the direction of the Ka’aba even though it is not directly in front of them. This is what millions of Muslim do throughout the world, praying in direction of the Ka’aba even though they cannot see it. This demonsntrates the great difference between the laws of Islam and the actions of mushrikeen (polytheists) whose worship of their idols,stones anda trees ceases to wxist. Thefore if the Mushrik cannot see his object to worship or idol, he does not face the direction of that thing.
Source is Weekly Gulf Times Doha Qatar, Friday,Dec. 21.2007.