And why do so many Muslims adore it?
It was initially placed in by Abraham
under the command of Allah
to serve as the cornerstone of Allah’s sacred House.
The Prophet Muhammad said that
The Black Stone is from Paradise (Sunan An-Nisa’i)
It was originally whiter than milk…
But soon blackened due to the sins of people. (Al-Tirmidhi)
It has witnessed a history of transformations.
In 64AH, the black stone broke into three pieces.
The companion Abullah Ibn Zubair (R.A)
melded them together with silver.
It was then stolen in 317 AH by the
Qarmatians, an extreme Ismaili sect.
They held it for 22 years, in complete
disrespect to its sanctity.
It was later returned in pieces and severely damaged.
60 years ago there were only 15 pieces left of it.
Today, there are only 8 pieces left.
They are roughly the size of dates.
They are held together in black
clay with amber, wax and musk.
It is perfumed daily and goes through frequent maintenance.
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