Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran:"And make the standing place of Ebrahim, the place of Salaah." (Sura Baqara)
In this verse, the command for Salaah to be performed at the place of "Muqaam-e-Ebrahim" was given. The question is: From the entire area of the Haram, why has the spot of "Muqaam-e-Ebrahim" received such a high distinction?
It has been stated in the famous and authentic books of Tafseer that: "Muqaam-e-Ebrahim is that stone wherein is the impression of the footprint of Hadrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam). Muqaam-e-Ebrahim is that stone on which Hadrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) stood and built the Holy Kaaba." (Jalaalain)
This one single stone which has been associated to Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) has become so blessed that after making the Tawaaf of the Holy Kaaba, it is greater to read two Rakaats Salaah at that place than any other place. Almighty Allah has made it one of His tokens (signs). It is stated that: "Verily the very first house which was selected for the people, is that which is in Makkah. It is a blessed one and one that shows the path to the entire world. In is clear signs, the standing stone of Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam)." (Sura Nisa)
Commenting on the above verse of the Holy Quran, Hazrat Mujahid (radi Allahu anhu), the exalted student of Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) says, "For the impression of both the blessed feet of Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) to be imprinted on the stone, is a clear sign." (Ibn Jareer; Ibnil Munzir)
For a stone that has been related to Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam), for that stone to become (part of) a verse of the Holy Quran and also a spot for the performance of Salaah, and for it to be protected for so many centuries is the proof of the excellence of that stone - that those objects which are associated to the beloved servants of Almighty Allah become blessed and religious relics! They should be respected and also preserved.
"The Prophet of Bani Israeel (Shamwail alaihis salaam) said to them: The sign of Taloots Kingship is this that a trunk from your Creator will come towards you in which there will be tranquillity of the hearts, and a few preserved objects from the belongings of respected Moosa and respected Haroon. This will be brought by the Angels. Verily in it for you is a great sign if you keep faith." (Sura Baqara)
This trunk contained belongings and relics such as the Aasa (Staff) and Na`lain Shareef (Blessed Sandal) of Hazrat Moosa (alaihis salaam); the Imaama (Turban) of Hazrat Haaroon (alaihis salaam); the ring of Hazrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam); a few Scripts of the Tauraat, and many other Tabarukaats. It was through the blessings of these relics that the Bani Israeel, when fighting any battle, would place the trunk before them, and would become victorious and conquer their enemies. The books of Tafseer record that they used the trunk for all their needs, to fulfil whatever they wished for and as mediation.
"Those relics were the Sandal and Staff of Hazrat Moosa (alaihis salaam), and the Turban of Hazrat Haroon (alaihis salaam) and a few pieces of Mun (Food from the skies) that used to come to the People of Israeel, and a few pieces of scriptures." (Jalaalain)
"Those relics were portions of scriptures, the Staff (stick of Jannat) of Moosa (alaihis salaam), his clothing, his Sandals, the Turban of Hazrat Haroon (alaihis salaam), some of the Tauraat, the ring of Hazrat Sulaiman (alaihis salaam) and a few pieces of Mun (Food from the skies)." (Roohul Bayaan, Vol. 1, pg. 386)
The proof that the Bani Israeel kept this trunk before them in times of war, that they asked through its mediation and for victory over their enemies is present in the books of Tafseer. It has been stated: "The Bani Israeel used to ask, through the mediation of this trunk, for victory over their enemies. They used to place it in front of them in a battle, and this used to give them tranquillity." (Jalaalain)
In has also been stated: "When the Bani Israeel used to present themselves in battle, then they used to keep that trunk in front of them and they used to ask for victory over their enemies through it`s mediation." (Roohul Bayaan, Vol. 1, page 385)
From these clarifications, we learn that it is necessary to respect and honour the relics and belongings of the pious servants. It is through their blessings that victory is gained over the enemies, prayers are accepted and needs are fulfilled. By respecting and honouring the blessed belongings, one gains blessings and great benefit. By disrespecting and insulting these blessed relics, one is faced with many problems, sickness begin to spread, and destruction and devastation occurs.
The clear proof of this is that when Imaaqa stole the sacred trunk from the Bani Israeel and began to show disrespect and insult towards it, they became engulfed in all types of illnesses and all five of their villages were destroyed. It is recorded that: "When the Bani Israeel showed disobedience and began causing turmoil, Almighty Allah appointed Imaaqa over them. They became victorious over the Bani Israeel and took the trunk away form them. They kept it in the toilet area. When Almighty Allah intended to make Taaloot the King, then Almighty Allah sent problems on Imaaqa to this extent that any person who urinated near the trunk got piles, and five towns and their population were destroyed. The Kaafirs then knew that all this destruction was being caused through the disrespect of the Trunk. Thus, they took the trunk out of their locality. (Roohul Bayaan, Vol. 1, page 385)
We learn from this incident of the destruction and problems of Imaaqa, that showing disrespect and insult to the blessed belongings of the pious servants leads to destruction.
It is also evident that to respect, honour, show respect and use these blessed belongings as mediation is the sign of the believers. To show disrespect and insult to these blessed relics is a sign of being misled.
"Take this shirt of mine and place it on my fathers face and his eyesight will be regained." (Sura Yusuf)
In Cairo, Hazrat Yusuf (alaihis salaam) asked his brothers concerning the condition of his father, Hazrat Yaqoob (alaihis salaam). They replied that he cries much in the loss of Hazrat Yusuf (alaihis salaam) and that he cannot see any more. When Hazrat Yusuf (alaihis salaam) heard this, he instructed his brothers to take his Kurta (shirt) and place it on his father`s face. This will enable him to see. When his brothers took the shirt and placed in on the face of Hazrat Yaqoob (alaihis salaam), he immediately regained his eyesight. Almighty Allah says: "And when the person with glad tidings arrived, he placed the Kurta (shirt) on the face of Yaqoob, immediately his eyes turned (he began to see)." (Sura Yusuf)
The shirt that Hazrat Yusuf (alaihis salaam) gave to his brothers was also from the belongings of Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam). Hazrat Ebrahim (alaihis salaam) used the very same shirt to confront Namrud. It was this same shirt that reached Hazrat Yaqoob (alaihis salaam).