Secondly: The Description of the Interior
of the Holy Ka'bah
The characteristics of the Holy Ka'bah from within are as follows:
At the Shami Corner, on the right side of the Holy Ka'bah, there is the staircase leading to the roof. It is a rectangular, closed, and windowless room. Its northern and eastern sides are part of the original wall of the Holy Ka'bah, and the stairs are concealed inside the room. It has a door with a special lock and is covered with a beautiful silk curtain inscribed and decorated with gold and silver.
The thickness of the southern wall of the stairs, which includes the door, is 225 centimetres, and the thickness of the western wall is 150 centimetres. If a person ascends the staircase to the roof to the height of two metres, he will find a small door before him and another one to the left. Both of them reach the two ceilings of the Holy Ka'bah. The space between the two ceilings is 120 centimetres. The stairs end at the roof with a skylight where a tight cover is fixed to prevent rain seeping in. This cover is opened when ascending to the roof.
Inside the Holy Ka'bah there are three pillars that support the ceiling. They are made of the finest wood ever known. They were erected by Abdullah Ibn AlZubair (may Allah be pleased with them) more than 1350 years ago. They are brownish-black and the circumference of each pillar is approximately 150 centimetres with a diameter of 44 centimetres. Each one has a square, inscribed wooden base. Between the three pillars there is a hanger holding donations to the Holy Ka'bah.
There is a support beam that extends over the three pillars with both its ends extending to the northern and southern walls. The three pillars are as high as the first ceiling adjacent to the interior of the Holy Ka'bah. They do not extend to the upper ceiling but several beams of wood, one over the other, were put on the top of the three pillars inside the ceilings until they reached the upper ceiling. The pillars support the two ceilings and every pillar has three bands to strengthen it.
A Perspective of the Holy Ka'bah before the repairs.