Why was the Kaaba destroyed?
During the civil war between the caliph Abd al-Malik and Ibn Zubayr, who controlled Mecca, the Kaaba was set on fire in 683 CE. Reportedly, the Black Stone broke into three pieces and Ibn Zubayr reassembled it with silver.
Why do we circle the Kaaba 7 times?
Circle the Kaaba During Hajj, pilgrims must walk around it seven times counterclockwise to ensure that the Kaaba remains on their left side. The circling is believed to demonstrate the unity of the believers in the worship of the One God, as they move in harmony together around the Kaaba, while supplicating to God.