This is a subarticle to reports of unusual religious childbirths and Kaaba.
Muslim sources report of an early Muslim being born in the Kaaba, the cubical structure that is the focus of a Muslim's daily prayers and the holiest structure in Islam.


The reports differ in nature. Some report that the birth happened within the premises of the Kaaba, while others report of a birth being made inside it.

The reports are extraordinary in nature, due to the perceived holiness of the place; however, Shi'as believe that Ali was the only person born there at the time of Muhammad.

The events could gain some credibility considering that the Kaaba have undergone many renovations.



One of the candidates is Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law, was born in the Kaaba.

Both Shia and Sunnis follow this report with the one about Ali being given a name derivade from Al-Ali, one of the 99 names of God, rather than Asad, as his mother Fatima bint Asad suggested.


Sunni sources of Ali
"No one before Ali was born in the Ka'ba. This was a distinction given to Ali in order to enhance his honor, rank, and dignity." [1]

Masudi, writes on page 76 of Volume II of his book, Murooj-udh-Dhahab (The Golden Meadows), that one of the greatest distinctions that Ali enjoyed was that he was born in the House of Allah

1.Muhammad ibn Talha el-Shafei in Matalib-us-saool, page 11.

2.Hakim in Mustadrak, page 483, Vol. III.

3.El-Umari in Sharh Ainia, page 15.

4.Halabi in Sira, page 165, Vol. I.

5.Sibt ibn al-Jauzi in Tadhkera Khawasil Ummah, page 7.

6.Ibn Sabbagh Maleki in Fusoolul Mohimma, page 14.

7.Muhammad bin Yousuf Shafei in Kifayet al-Talib, page 261.

8.Shablanji in Nurul Absar, page 76.

9.Ibn Zahra in Ghiyathul Ikhtisar, page 97.

10. Edvi in Nafhatul Qudsia, page 41.

Among the modern historians, Abbas Mahmood al-Akkad of Egypt writes in his book Al-'Abqarriyet al-Imam Ali, (Cairo, 1970), that Ali ibn Abi Talib was born inside the Kaaba.

Another contemporary historian, Mahmood Saeed al-Tantawi, of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Arab Republic of Egypt, writes on page 186 of his book, Min Fada-il al-‘Ashrat al-Mubashireen bil Janna, published in 1976 by Matab’a al-Ahram at-Tijariyya, Cairo, Egypt:

"May God have mercy upon Ali ibn Abi Talib. He was born in the Kaaba. He witnessed the rise of Islam; he witnessed the Da’wa of Muhammad, and he was a witness of the Wahi (Revelation of Al-Qur’an al-Majid). He immediately accepted Islam even though he was still a child, and he fought all his life so that the Word of Allah would be supreme."

An Arab poet composed the following distich on the birth of Ali:

He (Ali) is the one for whom the House of Allah was turned into a maternity home; And he is the one who threw the idols out of that House; Ali was the first and the last child ever to be born in the Kaaba.

The following are excerpts from the book 'Hadrat Ali, r. a.' by Prof. Masud-ul-Hasan.

Birth of Hadrat Ali Hadrat Ali was born in unusual circumstances. On the 13 th day of the holy month of Rajab, Fatima, the mother of Hadrat Ali, visited the Ka'bah to perform the pilgrimage. During the course of the pilgrimage and while circumambulating the Ka'bah, Fatima felt the pangs of childbirth. She retired to a secluded place in the precincts of the holy Ka'bah, and there Hadrat Ali was born. Hadrat Ali has thus had the unique honour to be born in the House of God. This unparalleled honour had endowed Hadrat Ali with a halo of sanctity that has become the subject of many legends. A hundred years later, Zain-ul-Abidin, a grandson of Ali (son of Hadrat Hussein), met an Arab woman at Najaf who told him that her grandmother had helped Fatima on the occasion of Hadrat Ali's birth. She narrated that according to the account of her grandmother, the child was beautiful; a smile played on his lips; he did not cry like other children; and his birth did not cause any pain to his mother.

Sunni Online biographies of Ali

however, some other biographies make no mention of his birth place of:


This narration is regarded as authentic by all Shia scholars and viewed as a greater honor for Ali. The Shi'a narration depicts a miracle, the wall of the Kaaba opening miraculously, allowing Ali's mother to enter. She is said to have spent three days there.

Islamically when a woman gives birth to a child she is not supposed to pray for 40 days for Nifas. But when fatima gave birth to Hussein, she prayed on the same day. All of this is taken as signs of the purity of the Ahl al-Bayt, as told in the Hadith of the Cloak.

Sources: It is widely publicized in numerous Shi'a biographies.


The non-Muslim scholar Simon Ockley retold it as a "strange" narration in his History of the Saracens page 331.


The other report, regarded as authentic by only Sunnis, states that the Sahaba Hakim ibn Hizam, a rich Meccan convert to Islam, was born there.


Sunni state in the Hakim biographies that Hakim was the only one being born in the Kaaba.

Sunni sources of Hakim
Sunni Online biographies of Hakim


Shia believe Ali was the only one born inside the Kaaba, and regard the Hakim narration a fabrication in order to trivialize the prestige attached to being born in the kaabah.


Non-Muslim are in general dismissive of all such narrations.

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