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Hijr Ismail known as Hateem

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The Kaaba is a cuboid-shaped structure located at the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the most sacred site in Islam and is considered the House of God. Muslims from all over the world face towards the Kaaba during their daily prayers, and it is also the destination of the Hajj pilgrimage.

The Hatim is a semi-circular area adjacent to the Kaaba, which is said to be a part of the Kaaba itself but was left out when the Kaaba was reconstructed. The Hatim is also considered a sacred site and is a popular destination for pilgrims visiting the Kaaba. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad once circumambulated the Kaaba, including the Hatim area, on his camel during the Farewell Pilgrimage. This is 90 cm (35 in) in height and 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in width, and is composed of white marble. At one time the space lying between the hatīm and the Kaaba belonged to the Kaaba itself, and for this reason it is not entered during the tawaf. Some believe that the graves of Ismail and his mother Hagar are located in this space. Pilgrims do not walk in the area between this wall and the Kaaba.

While it is not required to circumambulate the Hatim during the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage, many pilgrims choose to do so as a sign of respect and devotion. However, due to the large crowds and limited space, it can be difficult to reach the Hatim during peak times.

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