Kaabah-the epicentre of the Muslim Ummah is the holiest site for the Muslims throughout the world and all Muslims desire to see it at least once in their lifetime. There are many unknown facts about this beautiful cubical shaped building draped in black cloth that many people are unaware of. Rukan Yamani, the corner of the holy Kaabah is one of them. This corner is called Rukan Yamani because it is situated on the side of Kaabah that faces the land of Yemen. It is located on the wall opposite to the Hajar-Al-Aswad. Here are some of the most interesting facts about this Yemeni corner of Kaabah:
Facts about Rukn-e-Yamani
- Rukan Yamani still stands on the foundation that was built by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and the narration of Abdullah bin Abbas (RA) states that the Prophet (PBUH) made ‘Istilaam’ of it. Istilaam of Rukn means the touching of the corner by hand or by kissing. The Prophet (PBUH) used to perform Istilaam by touching Rukan Yamani by hand and this practice is considered a Sunnah. However, there is no harm if pilgrims are unable to reach and touch the corner because of the massive crowd.
- Whenever the Prophet (PBUH) used to pass between the points of Rukn-e-Yamani and Hajar-e-Aswad, he would recite the following dua:
“O, Allah! Grant us all that which is good in this world, all that which is good in the Akhirah and save us from the punishment of the fire of Jahannam” (Hell). (Quran 2:201)
- Rukan Yamani is built with a special type of concrete, a combination of molten metal and long stainless steel nails that prevent the lower portion from disintegration. This process is still repeated to maintain the current state of the Rukan Yamani.
- Rukan Yamani has a long history of not being covered with Kiswah and there is a unique reason behind it. This specific area is considered a living miracle because of the fact that over the centuries, several rulers have tried to seal or hide this rupture but remained unsuccessful.
- Rukan Yamani is also called the Yemeni Corner or Rukn-al-Janubi.
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Hadith regarding Rukn-e-Yamani
Ibn ‘Umar (RA) said I have not seen the Apostle of Allah (PBUH) touching anything in the House (the Ka’bah) but the two Yamani corners. (Sunan Abi Dawud 1874)
Ibn ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported:
I have not abandoned touching of Yamani corners (and kissing of) the Stone since I saw Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) touching them both in hardship and ease. (Sahih Muslim 1268)