The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Black Stone came down from Paradise and it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam turned it black.” [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi]
The Black Stone is set in the one of the Southern corners of the Ka’bah. It is a blessed stone from one of the stones of Paradise. The Prophet (SAW) touched it and kissed it when starting each round of Tawaf (circumambulation) of the House and therefore we are also commanded to touch it and kiss it if possible.
Due to the large number of pilgrims, in most cases, it is almost impossible to touch and kiss the Black Stone unless you push and shove your way through. It is sufficient to just raise your hands to it, kiss the hands and start the Tawaf by saying Bismillah Allahu Akbar.
When the Black Stone came down from Paradise it was a white as milk, but it soon turned black due to the sins of Mankind.
It is currently in a silver casing because it was stolen by a heretical group called the Qarmatians in the middle ages and was broken to pieces before being recovered by the Caliph. The silver casing is there to hold all the broken pieces together.
The Black Stone will come with eyes and a tounge on the day of Judgement and will intercede to Allah on behalf of everyone that touched it and kissed it.
‘God has appointed the Ka’bah, the Sacred House as an [enduring] institution for mankind, and the sacred month, the offering and the garlands; that is so that you may know that God knows all that is in the heavens and in the earth, and that God has knowledge of all things.’ [Qur’an 5:97]
The Ka’bah is the Sacred House of Allah. It was the first House to be built for the worship of Allah and continues to be the direction of prayer for the Muslims until the day of Judgement.
It was first built by the Angels before the advent of Man. Then it was built by Adam (AS). The Ka’bah was lost for a period of time after Adam (AS) until it was re-built again by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Prophet Isma’il (AS).
It has been with Mankind since the time of Ibrahim (AS) and will continue to be here until the end of time.
It’s a beautiful sight to see how thousands upon thousands of people circle the House every day and to know that despite our own heedlessness there will always be people worshipping Allah by His House in the Haram.
Millions of Muslims visit the Ka’bah every year as part of the minor (Umrah) and Major (Hajj) pilgrimage.
‘Lo! the first Sanctuary appointed for mankind was that at Becca, a blessed place, a guidance to the peoples;’ [Qur’an 3:96]
Masjid Al Haram is the famous Mosque in Makkah that has within it the Ka’bah, the Blackstone, the Multazam, the Hijr Isma’il, the Maqam of Ibrahim, the well of Zam Zam, and the Mountains of Safa and Marwa.
One prayer prayed in Masjid Al Haram is equal to praying a hundred thousand prayers in other Masjids.
Millions of pilgrims visit Masjid Al Haram every year in order to fulfill the age old tradition of Hajj and Umrah as established by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Isma’il (AS) and continued by our Prophet and Master Muhammad (SAW).
For the places where Du’a is accepted in the Haram, see AlMiskeenah’s post below: