The Hajr Aswad, or the Black Stone, holds immense significance in Islam. Located at the eastern corner of the Kaaba, this revered stone is a focal point for millions of pilgrims who perform Tawaf during Hajj and Umrah. While touching or kissing the Hajr Aswad is not obligatory, it is considered a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and is seen as an act of devotion to Allah SWT.

The Origins of the Hajr Aswad

The origins of the Black Stone trace back to Jannah (Paradise). It was brought down to Earth by Angel Jibreel and was given to Prophet Ibrahim (AS) to be placed on the Kaaba. This sacred stone, once pure white, was blackened by the sins of humanity.

The Black Stone descended from Paradise, and it was more white than milk, then it was blackened by the sins of the children of Adam.

“The Black Stone descended from Paradise, and it was more white than milk, then it was blackened by the sins of the children of Adam.” 

Narrated by Imam at-Tirmidhi

 

The Ritual of Touching the Hajr Aswad

Touching or kissing the Hajr Aswad is a cherished tradition among pilgrims. It is believed that making duas at the Black Stone holds special significance, and on the Day of Judgement, the Hajr Aswad will testify in favor of those who honored it.

 

By Allah! Allah will raise it on the Day of Resurrection with two eyes by which it sees and a tongue that it speaks with, testifying to whoever touched it in truth.

“By Allah! Allah will raise it on the Day of Resurrection with two eyes by which it sees and a tongue that it speaks with, testifying to whoever touched it in truth.” 

Narrated by Imam at-Tirmidhi

The Symbolism of the Black Stone

The transformation of the Hajr Aswad from pure white to black is a profound symbol in Islam, representing the impact of human sin. Despite its current color, the Black Stone remains a powerful emblem of faith and repentance.

Honoring the Stone, Worshiping Allah

While the Hajr Aswad is treated with great respect, it is crucial to remember that worship is due only to Allah SWT. The act of kissing or touching the Black Stone is a way to honor the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and express submission to Allah SWT.

Journey of Faith

The history and significance of the Hajr Aswad offer valuable lessons and wisdom for every Muslim’s journey of faith. Engaging with the stories and rituals associated with the Kaaba deepens one’s spiritual connection and understanding of Islamic traditions.

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May Allah SWT bless those who have had the opportunity to touch the Hajr Aswad and extend His blessings to those who aspire to make this sacred pilgrimage. Insha’Allah.