The trace of feet on Ibraaheem’s Maqaam
Fatwa No: 184755

Question

Assalamu Alaikum, In mecca, there is a inscription of ibrahim (as) foot in maqame-ibrahim. Was this existing during prophet's time. What is the proof to say that it is ibrahim(pbuh) foot?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It appears - Allaah knows best – that this trace of both feet was existent during the life of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) . Ibn Katheer  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him    said in his Tafseer (interpretation of the Quran): ''The traces of his (i.e. Ibraaheem’s) feet were apparent in the stone and this fact was known to the Arabs in the pre-Islamic era of ignorance. The Muslims have also found that, as Anas Ibn Maalik  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him   said: “I saw the Maqaam (Ibraaheem’s place of standing) where his (Ibraaheem’s) toes and the soles of his feet were apparent. Indeed, people had worn smooth those traces with their own hands while wiping over it.

However, what exists now does not seem to be the traces of both feet. Shaykh Al-Munajjid mentioned in his Fataawa quoting Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him as saying: “There is no doubt that the Maqaam of Ibraaheem is something confirmed and that the thing over which the glass cover is put is the Maqaam of Ibraaheem, but the engraving that exists in it does not seem to be the traces of the two feet (of Ibraaheem), because what is historically known is that the traces of the feet had disappeared a long time ago, but these (current) engravings were dug or put as a sign only, and we cannot authoritatively assert that these engravings are the traces of the feet of Ibraaheem  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention.

Allaah Knows best.

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