Reading 1 Kings
What to know
The Kaaba, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is considered Islam's holiest site, and visiting it is one of the pillars of Islam. According to the Qur'an, Ibrahim and Ismail constructed the Kaaba together (Sura 2:127). The Qur'an describes it as a place of worship for Muslims (22:26). Many Muslims believe that if they complete Hajj (a visit to the Kaaba), they can receive full forgiveness of sins. This is taken from the Hadith: al-Bukhari 1449, and Muslim, 1350. While circling the Kaaba, many Muslims try to kiss its black stone, believing there is spiritual blessing in that act.
What to say Explore what the Kaaba means to your friend. Look again at the prayer of Soleiman. In his words, we see in clear terms what the Temple represented, and why King Soleiman foresaw a day when people would pray towards Jerusalem. Later, the act of praying in the direction of the temple would become a life or death choice for the prophet Daniyal. Read Daniel 6 together and talk about what God intended the Temple to represent for his worshipers.