In unity, as a body of one, Muslims all over the world prostrate in praise, obedience and gratitude to the Creator. This singular motion is like an oceanic wave of complete surrender to the Will of God. This physical turnabout is symbolic in various ways. It represents putting aside all the worldly activities and concerns, thereby focusing all attention to the Supreme Being.
Muslims turn their entire selves to God, reaching through the vast heavens to worship Him and to show their humility and servitude towards Him. This simple act of devotion, committed by individuals, totaling multitudes, creates a feeling of unity amongst the believers. God is closer to humanity than its own flesh, yet Muslims prepare themselves and welcome the Almighty by standing and giving their full attention to Him. Nothing else deserves this complete surrender of one’s self. Muslims perform their prayers in front of the Ka’bah and not to it. Each and every individual Muslim knows that it is made of stone and is not worshipped, nor is it seen as an embodiment of God nor does it represent the Spirit of God within it. It is a place of assembly to worship God for those who are physically there and for those who join them spiritually around the world by the millions.
Facing the Abrahamic Mosque (i.e. the Ka’bah) is prescribed by God upon all Muslims so that deviations do not infiltrate their hearts and spirits, as was the case with the other generations of the believers. God ordered the Muslims to turn to the Ka’bah as a symbol to revive the old covenant of Abraham with a new generation of people; an obedient community from the descendants of the Prophet Ishmael, as was promised to his father. So everyday in their prayers Muslims symbolize being part of the obedient community of God. Both Abraham and his son Ishmael asked God to teach them to pray to Him and in granting them their request, He taught them how to pray; part of this prayer was to turn towards the Ka’bah. This is how God wants humankind to pray and this is the way in which the Prophets Abraham and Ishmael showed their gratitude to the Almighty. Muslims attempt to mirror this devotion in their everyday prayers. This stance is a show of recognition of God’s Power and Governance of all existence. It is a salute with one’s soul; a devotion with one’s heart and a pledge with one’s mind that truly captures the meaning of directing one’s entire self to God.