127. The reason due to which it is not befitting that gates should be placed for the houses of Makkah

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حدثنا علي بن أحمد بن محمد رضى الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن أبي عبد الله الكوفي عن محمد بن اسماعيل البرمكي عن علي بن العباس قال: حدثنا القاسم ابن الربيع الصحاف، عن محمد بن سنان: ان ابا الحسن الرضا عليه السلام كتب إليه في ما كتب من جواب مسائله سميت مكة مكة لان الناس كانوا يمكون فيها وكان يقال لمن قصدها قد مكا وذلك قول الله عزوجل: (وما كان صلاتهم عند البيت إلا مكاء وتصدية) فالمكاء: التصفير، والتصدية: صفق اليدين.

1. Ali Bin Ahmad Bin Muhammad narrated to us, from Muhammad Bin Abu Abdullah Al Kufy, from Muhammad Bin Ismail Al Barmakky, from Ali Bin Al Abbas, from Al Qasim Ibn Al Rabie Al Sahaf, (It has been narrated) from Muhammad Bin Sinan that Abu Al-Hassan Al-Ridha (a.s.) wrote to him in answer to what he had written asking him (a.s.): ‘Makkah was named as Makkah because the people used to whistle therein, and it used to be said to the one who intended to it, ‘He has (gone to) whistle’, and these are the Words of Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic [8:35] And what is their prayer before the House except for whistling and clapping of hands. So the whistling (It is) the beeping; and the clapping it is the clapping of the hands’.