Since then, there has been an average of one major reconstruction every few centuries.
The last renovation took place in 1996 and was extremely thorough, leading to the replacement of many of the stones and re-strengthening the foundations and a new roof. and a window The original Kaaba used to have a door for entrance and another for exit. It used to be multi-coloured We are so used to the Kaaba being covered in the trademark black Kiswah with gold banding that we can’t imagine it being any other colour.
Of course, we all know of the major reconstruction that took place during the life of the Prophet before he became a Prophet .
This is the occasion when the Prophet averted major bloodshed by his quick thinking on how to place the Black Stone using a cloth that every tribe could lift up.
However, most agree that it was most damaged in the middle ages by an extreme heretical Ismaili group from Bahrain called the Qarmatians who had declared that the Hajj was an act of superstition.
This is likely to be the last reconstruction for many centuries (insha Allah) as modern techniques mean that the building is more secure and stable than ever before. For a considerable period of time it also had a window situated to one side. However, this tradition seems to have started at the time of the Abbasids (whose household colour was black) and before this the Kaaba was covered in multiple colours including green, red and even white. The keys are in the hands of one family At the time of the Prophet , each aspect to do with the rites of Hajj was in the hands of different sub-groups of the Quraish.
Every one of these would eventually lose control of their guardianship of a particular rite except one.
When they returned it, it was in pieces and the only way to keep them together was by encasing them in a silver casing.
Some historians narrate that there are still some missing pieces of the stone floating around. It’s not supposed to be a cube shape Yes, ladies and gentleman… perform surgery on heart and brain when this is not working.