• WordNet 3.6
    • n Kaaba (Islam) a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine; believed to have been given by Gabriel to Abraham; Muslims turn in its direction when praying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Kaaba kȧ*ā"bȧ The small and nearly cubical stone building, in the court of the Great Mosque at Mecca, toward which all Mohammedans must pray. It contains a sacred black stone, believed by Mohammedans to be one of the precious stones of paradise, and to have been brought to Abraham when he was contructing the Kaaba, by the Angel Gabriel. The Kaaba itself predates Mohammed, having been a pantheon which contained Arab idols, which were destroyed by Mohammed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Kaaba A cube-shaped, flat-roofed building in the center of the Great Mosque at Mecca: the most sacred shrine of the Mohammedans. In its southeast corner it contains the sacred black stone called hajar al aswud, said to have been originally a ruby which came down from heaven, but now blackened by the tears shed for sin by pilgrims. This stone is an irregular oval about seven inches in diameter, and is composed of about a dozen smaller stones of different shapes and sizes. It is the point toward which all Mohammedans face during their devotions. The Kaaba is opened to worshipers twice or three times a year, but only the faithful are permitted to approach it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kaaba kä′bä or kā′a-bä Same as Caaba (q.v.).
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  • Kabir
    “Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here am I right within you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba nor Kailas, but here right within you am I.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. ka'bah, lit., a square building, fr. ka'b, cube


In literature:

The Moslem regards the Kaaba at Mecca as the centre of the universe; but that is only a theological phrase.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
One day, when the chief citizens were sitting near the Kaaba, Mohammed came, and began to recite in their hearing one of the Suras of the Koran.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
The Kaaba is the most sacred shrine or altar of the Mohammedans.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 16, February 25, 1897" by Various
As he entered the Kaaba, he cried with a loud voice, "Allah acbar," seven times, turning round to all the sides of the Kaaba.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
The Moslems believe all sorts of foolish things about the Kaaba.
"Topsy-Turvy Land" by Samuel M. Zwemer
A beautiful story relates that he fell asleep with his feet turned towards the Kaaba.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Most fervently his sorrowing father prays in the Kaaba for his recovery, but all in vain, and they return home.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
A Muslim on the path of Love beside a Kafir trod, And one forgot the Kaaba, one the Temple of his God.
"Hindustani Lyrics" by Various
All the idols in the world except the Kaaba tumbled to earth.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
The Kaaba or 'Cube' is a large stone building and the black stone is let into one of its walls.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell

In poetry:

Like to coins the sumptuous day
Strews with blossoms golden
Every furlong of his way,--
Like a Sultan gone to pray
At a Kaaba olden.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the annual Hajj .
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as pray inside the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012.
Circling of Kaaba brings to close perhaps largest-ever pilgrimage to Mecca.
Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the annual Hajj.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray inside the Grand Mosque on Oct 23 in Mecca , Saudi Arabia.
Muslim pilgrims gather around the Kaaba (Black Stone) in Mecca .
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray inside the Grand Mosque on Oct 23 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Muslim pilgrims reach to touch the golden doors of the Kaaba as they perform the walk around the Kaaba (Tawaf) at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca early morning.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as pray inside and outside the Grand mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct 22, 2012.