Ayah

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إِنَّ
Indeed
أَوَّلَ
(the) first
بَيۡتٖ
House
وُضِعَ
set up
لِلنَّاسِ
for the mankind
لَلَّذِي
(is) the one which
بِبَكَّةَ
(is) at Bakkah
مُبَارَكٗا
blessed
وَهُدٗى
and a guidance
لِّلۡعَٰلَمِينَ
for the worlds
إِنَّ
Indeed
أَوَّلَ
(the) first
بَيۡتٖ
House
وُضِعَ
set up
لِلنَّاسِ
for the mankind
لَلَّذِي
(is) the one which
بِبَكَّةَ
(is) at Bakkah
مُبَارَكٗا
blessed
وَهُدٗى
and a guidance
لِّلۡعَٰلَمِينَ
for the worlds

Translation

The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakka: Full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings:

Tafsir

When they said, 'Our direction of prayer (qibla) came before yours', the following was revealed: The first house, for worship, established for the people, on earth, was that at Bakka (a variant of Makka [Mecca], so called because it 'crushes' [tabukku] the necks of tyrants); it was built by the angels before the creation of Adam, and after it the Aqsaa [in Jerusalem] was built, a period of forty years separating them, as reported in the hadeeth of the two Saheehs [sc. of al-Bukhaaree and Muslim], and in the hadeeth [that states]: 'The first thing to appear on the surface of the water, at the creation of the skies and the earth, was a white foam, underneath which the earth was unrolled'; a blessed place (mubaarakan, a circumstantial qualifier referring to la'lladhee, 'that') meaning a place of blessings, and a guidance to all worlds, because it is their qibla.

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