🕋 What is “Maqaam Ibrahim”? And are they the Actual Footprints of Ibrahim عليه السلام?
✍🏽 Ibn Kathir رحمه الله تعالى mentioned: “The Maqaam is the rock Ibrahim عليه السلام would stand upon to build the Ka’bah. When the walls became high Isma’il عليه السلام brought his father Ibrahim عليه السلام the rock so he could stand upon it, and he would pass him the stones. Every time one side was completed they would move to the other side with the rock, Ibrahim عليه السلام would stand upon it (& build the high parts of the walls on each side).
The footprints of Ibrahim عليه السلام were clear in the rock, and the Arabs knew of them in Jaahiliyyah.
Thereafter, the muslims witnessed them too (once Islam was revealed). It is narrated from Anas bin Malik رضي الله عنه who stated: “I saw the Maqaam and in it the imprints of the toes and soles of the feet of Ibrahim عليه السلام, however, people constantly wiping the imprints (despite it not being legislated) have eroded them”.
(تفسير ابن كثير: سورة البقرة – ١٢٥)
✍🏽 Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen was asked, “Are the imprints in Maqaam Ibrahim his actual footsteps?”
The Shaikh replied: “No doubt Maqaam Ibrahim is established, that which the glass has been placed over is the Maqaam. However it does not seem that the imprints are the original imprints, rather the holes have been placed as a marker only. What is known from history is that the original imprints eroded away a long time ago.” (Questions & Answers on Hajj: Q no.505).