Tuesday, February 1, 2011
the Cave of Hira
Hira (Arabic: حراء Ḥirāʾ) or the Cave of Hira (غار حراء Ġār Ḥirāʾ) is a cave about 2 mi (3.2 km) from Mecca, on the mountain named Jabal Al-Nūr in the Hejaz region of present day Saudi Arabia. The cave itself is about 12 ft (3.7 m) in length and 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) in width.[
It is notable for being the location where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelations from God through the angel Jibreel, also known as the angel Gabriel to Christians.
Taking about 600 steps to reach, the cave is at a height of 270 m (890 ft) and the radius is 263.23 m (863.6 ft) During the Hajj it is possible that 5,000 Muslims a day will climb up to the Hira cave to see the place where the Prophet Muhammed received the first revelation of the Qu'ran on the Night of Power.
Inside the cave