First Door of KA’ABA in the Era of the Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him)
The door of the Ka’aba possesses great significance in the life of Muslims all over the world. The doors of Ka’aba have been of significant interest to the various kings and the rulers throughout the history of Makkah since it was built by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him) and he called the people for the Hajj 5000 years ago.
Do You Know KA’ABA Didn’t Have Any Door or Roof When First Built
It is observed in the history that when Ka’ba was first built, the Kaaba did not have any door or roof and was simply made of walls. If you look in to the history and as per “Ibn Hisham”, you will find that the first ever person to build a door for Al-Kaaba was named as “King TUBBA”, and it is quite long before Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), according to historians and what Ibn Hisham said in his biography. Read more: 5 Attempts to Steal the Body of Prophet (P.B.U.H) from Madinah
Do You Know that King TUBBA was the First to Cover KA’ABA and Build a Door
It is confirmed as per what Al-Arzaqi mentioned in Kitab Akhbar Makka (Book of Reports about Makkah) about Ibn Jarir al-Tabari saying: “It was claimed that King TUBBA was the first to cover Al-Kaaba and that he instructed the leaders of Jurhum tribe to maintain its cleanness and make a door and a key for it.”
Abdullah Allah Ibn Al-Zubayr Built 11 Arms-Long Door
The door built by King TUBBA was of wood material, the door remained in its place before the Islamic era and was changed by Abdullah Allah ibn Al-Zubayr. The door built by Abd Allah ibn Al-Zubayr was the 11-arms-long door. Read more: History and Importance of Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) First Visit Taif
The Historians say that after changing the door in the year 64 A.H., and as it rusted throughout the time and during the era of Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, the door was remade into its original height of six arms.
In 1045 AH, the door was changed again. Silver ornaments that weigh up to 200 pounds were added and the door was painted with gold. This was done in the era of Murad IV. It was the first door to have silver and gold in it and it remained that way until the year 1356 AH. Read: The First Murder in Islamic History
Oldest KA’ABA Door Tours Around the World
The oldest Ka’aba door is one of the Kingdom’s masterpieces that tours the world as historical and archaeological pieces, as the Saudi General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage works on introducing Saudi Arabia’s history and civilization to the world.
The door is now in the Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi, as one of the rare pieces. The door dates back to 1045 AH, and it is the fourth door for al-Kaaba after the doors of King Tubba, Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, and Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf.
The door was divided into two parts with geometrical decorations on it. A special type of metal plates of high quality and resistance to climates were used in manufacturing the door; which is the reason of the durability for more than 300 years on al-Kaaba’s Eastern wall.
Three centuries later, founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz al-Saud, got a new door made in 1363 AH, from his own money, after he was informed that the door had started to shake. This is mentioned in one of the historical documents of King Abdulaziz publishing house.
The Last Door of KA’ABA by King Khalid
The current door was ordered by King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz to be made of gold by jeweller Ahmed bin Ibrahim Badr.