The Kaaba (Arabic: الكعبة al-Kaʿbah IPA: [alˈkaʕba], “The Cube”) also referred as Al Kaaba Al Musharrafah (The Holy Kaaba), is a building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, al-Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred Muslim site in the world. It is considered the “House of Allah” and has a similar role to the Tabernacleand Holy of Holies in Judaism. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performingsalat (prayer). From any point in the world, the direction facing the Kaaba is called the qibla.
The sanctuary around the Kaaba is called Al-Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque)
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