JEDDAH – The Ka`bah is the sacred House of God situated in the middle of the Holy Mosque in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The Ka’bah is the holiest site in Islam with thousands of people circling and circumambulating the sacred building 24 hours a day.
The Black Stone, an ancient sacred stone, is embedded in the eastern corner of the Ka’bah, one and a half meters above the ground.
Muslims do not worship the ka’bah or its surroundings.
All Muslims around the world face the Ka`aba during their daily prayers as their qiblah, the direction Muslims face when praying, therefore it serves as a focal point.
This video, by Al-Arabiya, shows a rare insight into Islam holiest mosque.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.
Hajj is officially expected to fall between August 30 and September 4, with the climax falling on August 31 when the faithful descend the Mount `Arafat.