THE BLACK STONE IS NOT WORSHIPPED BY MUSLIMS

By
Abdul Haleem

Jews claiming that Muslims "worship" the Black Stone at the Kaaba in Makkah.

Deuteronomy 28:64 And HASHEM shall scatter you among all people, from one end of the earth to the other; and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known, of wood and stone.

This is one of the Jewish myths on Islam,  Muslims do not worship the Kabba, the Kabba is nothing more or nothing less than a Temple built by Prophet Abraham centuries ago, the reference to the stone in this verse is likely to be referring to the statues of Buddha, in the USA, many Jews have become Buddhists.

Having been on hajj let me answer this based both on history and my own experiences.   The Black Stone - Hajar al- Aswad - is NOT mentioned in the Quran.  The Black Stone is located about five feet from the ground on the East corner of the Kaaba (this corner is known as "al-rukn al-Aswad").

While there are traditions about kissing or touching the Stone, its real significance is as marker of the point at which one starts the Tawaaf (circumambulation of the Kaaba as part of hajj or omra.)  Even the traditions which talk about kissing or touching the stone are VERY CLEAR that the Stone is JUST A STONE!

BUKHARI:

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 667: 

Narrated 'Abis bin Rabia:  Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said "NO DOUBT, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE A STONE AND CAN NEITHER BENEFIT ANYONE NOR HARM ANYONE. Had I not seen Allah's Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you."  

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 675:

Narrated Zaid bin Aslam from his father who said:  "Umar bin Al-Khattab addressed the Corner (Black Stone) saying, 'BY ALLAH! I KNOW THAT YOU ARE A STONE AND CAN NEITHER BENEFIT NOR HARM. Had I not seen the Prophet touching (and kissing) you, I would never have touched (and kissed) you.' Then he kissed it and said, 'There is no reason for us to do Ramal (in Tawaf) except that we wanted to show off before the pagans, and now Allah has destroyed them.' 'Umar added, '(Nevertheless), the Prophet did that and we do not want to leave it (i.e. Ramal).'"

MUSLIM:

Book 007, Number 2914: 

Abdullah b. Sarjis reported:  I saw the bald one, i. e. 'Umar b. Khattib (Allah be pleased with him). kissing the Stone and saying: BY ALLAH. I AM KISSING WITH FULL CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A STONE AND THAT YOU CAN NEITHER DO ANY HARM NOR GOOD; and if I had not seen Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) kissing you. I would not have kissed you. The rest of the hadith is the same.

The Stone is not be worshipped or regarded as anything but a marker.

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At hajj time you are actually unlikely to see the Black Stone: Masjid Al-Haram is just two crowded.  There is a line on the floor of the Masjid to tell you where the line of the Black Stone is.  Many hajis must perform Tawaaf NOT on the Kaaba floor but on the SECOND OR THIRD STORIES of the Majid Al-Haram!

On Levels #2 and #3 there are both marks on the floor and neon lights to show you where to start and stop tawaaf.

The scholars agree that waving in the direction of the Black Stone is sufficient recognition of its location as the start and stop of Tawaaf.

In actuality, waving in direction of the Black Stone is the best you will probably do at hajj time

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The Black Stone has had an interesting history during the Islamic period.  In 930 AD a ruler of Bahrain - who belonged to a branch of Ismailism known as the Karmatians - sacked Makkah and carried the Black Stone away for some 70 years until it was ransomed.

In the process, the Black Stone was cracked. It is now held together by a silver band.   The fact that Islam was able to function without the Black Stone for 70 years is one of the best illustrations that it is but a marker for Tawaaf - and NOT an object of worship.

 

If Islam is so against any form of idol worship, why do they bow to the kaaba? Why do they call it God's House? Do they believe He lives there?

Islam does not allow bowing down to idols in worship.  One of the forms of worshiping Allah Almighty in Islam is to bow down to Him.  Since Allah Almighty ordered Abraham the father of Ishmael and Isaac peace be upon them to build the Kaaba (the cubic black building in the city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia today), people called it the house of GOD Almighty, and it became the direction for us to bow down to Allah Almighty in worship.  So in other words, we Muslims worship Allah Almighty in the direction of the location of the Kaaba (The House of Allah Almighty in Islam), but not through the image of the Kaaba.  

When Muslims bow down to Allah Almighty in worship at their homes, they do not bow down to the sofa, or to the pair of shoes, or to the table, or to the wall, or to the door, or to any object that is in front of them in their homes.  No, they bow down to Allah Almighty only.  The Kaaba is the same thing.  We do not bow down to it in worship in any shape or form!   We bow down to Allah Almighty in its direction.

Otherwise, if everyone were to pick their own directions and their own methods in bowing down to Allah Almighty, then we would end up having Muslims bowing down to idols such as stones, and gods made from wood in their worships. 

We do not believe that Allah Almighty lives there.  Allah Almighty is unlimited and is every where; Wherever you turn, there is the face of God.  (The Noble Quran, 2:109)."  Even in the Bible, Jesus peace be upon him bowed down to Allah Almighty the Islamic way; "Going a little farther, he [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will.'  (From the NIV Bible, Matthew 26:39)" 

Although I can't prove this theory, but I personally believe that when Jesus bowed down to GOD Almighty, he was bowing down in the direction of Kaaba, since it was called GOD's house and was built by Abraham peace be upon him.  Is there a single Christian out there that bows down to GOD Almighty in worship?

Jews too bow down to GOD Almighty in worship.  Below is a picture of how Jews worship Allah Almighty: 

jews-2.jpg (21275 bytes)

 

 

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