A shout or ring shout is an ecstatic, transcendent religious ritual, first practiced by African slaves in the West Indies and the United States, in which worshipers move in a circle while shuffling and stomping their feet and clapping their hands. Despite the name, shouting aloud is not an essential part of the ritual.
The ring shout was Christianized and practiced in some African American churches into the 20th century, and it continues to the present among the Gullah people of the Sea Islands and in the African Church.
A more modern form, known still as a "shout" (or "praise break"), is practiced in many African churches and non-African Pentecostal churches to the present day.
"Shouting" often took place during or after a Christian prayer meeting or worship service. Men and women moved in a circle in a counterclockwise direction, shuffling their feet, clapping, and often spontaneously singing or praying aloud. In Jamaica and Trinidad the shout was usually performed around a special second altar near the center of a church building. In the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina, shouters formed a circle outdoors, around the church building itself.
In some cases, enslaved people retreated into the woods at night to perform shouts, often for hours at a time, with participants leaving the circle as they became exhausted.In the twentieth century some African-American churchgoers in the United States performed shouts by forming a circle around the pulpit, in the space in front of the altar, or around the nave.
Ring shouts were sometimes held for the dead. This custom has been practiced by traditional bands of carnival revelers in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The origins of the ring shout are usually assumed to be derived from African dance, and scholars usually point out the presence of melodic elements such as call-and-response singing and heterophony, as well as rhythmic elements such as tresillo and an "hamboned" rhythm, and aesthetic elements such as counter-clockwise dancing and ecstasy,which makes ring shouts similar to ceremonies among people like the Ibos, Yorubas, Ibibios, Efiks, Bahumono and Bakongo people.
Some scholars have suggested that the ritual may have originated among enslaved Muslims from West Africa as an imitation of tawaf, the mass procession around the Kaaba that is an essential part of the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. If so, the word "shout" may come from Arabic shawṭ, meaning "a single run", such as a single circumambulation of the Kaaba, or an open space of ground for running.
According to musicologist Robert Palmer, the first written accounts of the ring shout date from the 1840s. The stamping and clapping in a circle was described as a kind of "drumming," and 19th-century observers associated it with the conversion of slaves to Christianity
It used to have two doors and a window-Kaaba had two doors, one for entering and the other one for exiting. It also had a window, on the side of it. Currently, there is only one door, while the other one is black which could be seen during storms.
It used to be multicolored - Kaaba was never black clothed, The tradition of Black clothing was started by Abbasids whose household’s favorite color. Before it, Kaaba was Green, Red and white as well.
The keys are in the hands of one family - The keys of Kaaba was given to Bani Sahiba Family to the person named Osman Ibn Talha by Prophet Muhammad PBUH after he conquered Makkah.
It used to be open to everyone - It used to be open for everyone as anyone can enter it, but later it was closed and now it is only exclusive for Saudi Kings, prime ministers, and presidents of the world.
You could swin into Makkah - Being at the center, back in the day when there was no better watery drainage system, Kaaba would flood when it rains in Makkah, so people had to swim to around the Kaaba to perform Tawaf.
Black Stone (Hajre Aswad) is broken - Many people are curious about why Black Stone is in silver casting. It is said that there was an Ismaili group which came from Bahrain, said that the tawaf act is an act of superstition. The same group killed hundreds and thousands of people who came to perform Hajj and dumped their bodies into the Zamzam well.The same group even took the Black Stone to the Kufa in Iraq and had held it on ransom, until they were forced to retune during Abbasid Caliphate. When they got it back, it was in several pieces.
When you step into Kaaba, you can pray in any direction you want.
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “A woman was punished due to a cat she had imprisoned until it died, so she entered the Hellfire. She did not give it food or water while it was imprisoned, neither did she set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.” Bukhari & Muslim How can someone be so cruel to a cat? Just look at how cute this cat is ما شاء الله. Did you know that Abu Hurairah was named Abu Hurairah because he used to love cats. Abdullah ibn Rafi’ reported: I said to Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, “Why were you nicknamed Abu Huraira?” Abu Huraira said, “I would tend to the sheep of my people and I had a small kitten. I used to place it in a tree at night and during the day I would take it and play with it. So they nicknamed me Abu Huraira, ‘father of the kitten.’” Tirmidhi The prophet ﷺ was so considerate & so kind to animals that he cut the sleeve off his robe because a cat was comfortably sleeping on it & wore the remainder of the robe. Look at what he sacrificed for an animal, we must question ourselves what do we sacrifice for humans or animals? #charity #oneummah #gaza #palestine #somalia #syria #ramadan #islamicreminders #invitetoislam #makkah #kaaba #salah #sunnah #quotes #reminders#namaz #thetruth #islam #beautyofislam #alhamdulillah #muslim (at Dome of the Rock) https://www.instagram.com/p/CMy31PbrVgd/?igshid=khh8c2mwj5tc
Saudi workers embroider Islamic calligraphy, using either silver thread or silver thread plated with gold, during the final stages in the preparation of a drape, or Kiswa, that covers the Kaaba, a cube-shaped structure at the heart of the Grand Mosque, at the Kiswa factory in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The Kiswa covering the Kaaba is changed every year for the Muslim annual Hajj or pilgrimage which will begin this year on July 19. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)