Fatwaa ID: 1082
Why is the maqame ibrahim where it is?
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
The Maqaam of Ibrahim ﷺ was initially adjacent to the wall of the Ka’bah, near its door. During his caliphate, Sayyiduna ‘Umar (R) moved it to its current spot to make it easier for those making tawaaf. The Sahaabah (R) present concurred with his decision and this has remained its place until today.
It should be noted that previously, there was no casing around the Maqaam nor a stand under it. It was simply a rock. It was thus easier for those making tawaaf to
trip and fall. Discussions have been in place in recent times to move it back more but the jurists agreed to keep it in its current place.
It is worth noting that the carvings of the foot found today on the rock are not the exact footprints of Sayyiduna Ibrahim ﷺ. This was later added on. His actual footprints wore out over time with people touching it in hope of attaining barakah.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
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